The Northern States Governors’ Forum has expressed sadness over the death of former Inspector General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Coomassie, who until his death, was chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum.

A condeolence message by the chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State,  said all the nineteen states in the north joined the family members, Arewa elders, government and people of Katsina State to mourn the death of the ACF chairman.

According to the statement released by his spokesman Malam Isa Gusau, Governor Shettima said while they recognised the pains of Coomassie’s bereaved family, the former IG left behind a good name for which his family will always be proud and remembered for.

The governors urged northerners to continue to offer prayers for the repose of all its deceased citizens, for the improved health of those living and for the full return of peace in the region.

The statement read: “Northern Nigeria has again lost one of its legends to the cold and unseen hands of death. The demise of our elder statesman and chairman of highly revered Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is shocking to us and painful.

“We share the grief of his family, all our elders within and outside the ACF, our brother, the Governor of Katsina, the Emir of Katsina, people of Katsina and indeed, all sons and daughters of northern Nigeria.

“The late Coomassie served this country well and did his part to promote unity, peace and progress of northern Nigeria. We will forever be grateful to him and our elders for all they have done and continue to do, particularly in guiding those of us in the position of leadership to work for the benefit of our people.

“We will miss Coomassie’s sound counsel and advocacy.  We pray that Allah grants him Aljanna Firdaus and to his family and all of us, the fortitude to bear this demise.”