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Emir dies 16 months after coronation in Gombe


Emir of Funakaye, Alhaji Mu’azu Muhammad Kwairanga III, is dead.

The monarch died in the early hours of Sunday, August 28, 16 months after his coronation.

According to reports, the Emir who was installed by the state governor, Inuwa Yahaya in May 2021 ascended the throne after the death of his elder brother who also died on the throne.

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Reacting to the sudden death of the Emir who attended events on Friday and Saturday in Gombe, Governor Yahaya described the death of the Emir as a monumental loss to the state and nation.

The Governor in a statement issued by his senior media aide, Ismaila Uba Misilli, stated that the State had indeed lost one of its finest traditional rulers: “who worked relentlessly with other royal fathers in the state and offered counsels and fatherly guidance for the peace, unity, growth, and development of the state in particular and Nigeria as a whole”.

“He described the late Emir as a humble, decent, and down-to-earth monarch who cared more for his subjects as well as the unity and progress of the state, describing his 16 months of reign as remarkably eventful,” Misilli stated.

The Governor, therefore, extended his heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Government and people of Gombe State, to the royal family, people of Funakaye Emirate, the Chairman of Gombe state Council of Emirs and Chiefs, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar lll as well as the entire state over the great loss, “praying Almighty Allah to grant the late royal father Aljannat Firdaus”.

Daily Sun gathered that the late royal father reportedly died from a heart attack at around 12:30 am this Sunday.

Officials of the Funakaye local government council and the Emirate Councils announced that the funeral prayers for the late Emir will take place by 2:00 pm on Sunday, 28th August 2022 at the Emir’s palace in Bajoga town.

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