Laleye Dipo in Minna
The Secretary of the Niger State 2016 Hajj Committee, Alhaji Haruna Kusherki, has died in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
According to a competent source close to the state government, Kusherki died last Wednesday after a brief illness.
The source said he suddenly took ill after performing all the rituals associated with the pilgrimage in Muslim holy land. The death of Kusherki was said to have shocked the over 3,000 pilgrims from the state that performed the just concluded hajj.
His remains according to the source, were buried in Mecca on Wednesday according to Islamic rites.
The state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Jonathan Tsado Vatsa, when contacted, confirmed the story, saying: “The government received the sad news with great shock”
Vatsa commiserated with the family of the deceased and urged them to accept the incident as “an act of God.”
Meanwhile, the state Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, has paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased in Kagara town in the Rafi Local Government Area of the state during which he asked them to take the incident in good faith.
Bello who was accompanied by some top government officials, told the family that their breadwinner had contributed his quota to the development of the state and propagation of Islam.
Kusherki is survived by three wives and one child.
Aged 46, Kusherki was the Vice Chairman of Rafi Local Government Area and Chairman of the Kusherki Development Area Council.