Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari at the weekend expressed shock and grief over the death of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
A statement by one of the president’s media aides, Malam Garba Shehu, said the president sent a condolence message to Kaduna State’s Governor Nasir El-Rufai, the government and people of Kaduna State over the emir’s death.
“With the passing of Alhaji Shehu Idris, Nigeria has lost one of its longest reigning traditional monarchs whose contributions to the promotion of unity and peaceful coexistence among Nigerians cannot be forgotten for years to come.
”The Emir of Zazzau who ascended to the throne in 1975, had used his long reign to serve his people with dedication and identified with their aspirations at all times,” he was quoted as saying.
The statement added that Buhari prayed Allah to forgive the late Emir his sins and grant his family and subjects the fortitude to bear the loss.