By Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
President Muhammadu Buhari was among sympathisers that attended the funeral prayer of the eleventh Emir of Katagum, Alhaji Muhammad Kabir Umar, yesterday .
The funeral prayer which was led by the Chief Imam of Azare, Malam Ayuba Muhammad, was also attended by Governor Muhammad Abdullahi Abubakar and his Borno, Yobe and Jigawa counterparts as well as members of the National Assembly, ministers and other top government functionaries from across the country.
Condoling the family of the deceased and the entire people of the state, Governor Abubakar described the death of the deceased as a great loss not only to the state but the nation at large.
He said the late emir contributed positively towards the development of Katagum, Bauchi State and the nation.
He prayed Allah to grant his soul eternal rest and his family and the people of the state the courage to bear the loss.
The late Emir of Katagum died Saturday at the age of 89 and he is survived by four wives and 49 children. Among his children are Alhaji Baba Umar Faruq, a retired federal permanent secretary who is also the district Head of Shira.
Late Umar has since been buried in the ancient town of Katagum, headquarters of Zaki Local Government Area.