Culture & Tradition

Northern Nigeria’s Loses Longest Serving Emir

Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting

The longest serving Emir in the Northern Nigeria, Emir of Kwatarkwashi in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara State, Alhaji Ahmad Umar Mai-Kwatarshi, has passed.

He died on Thursday in his palace in Kwatarkwashi, Bungudu after a protracted illness.

The Emir assumed the throne on the 17th March, 1961 and appointed a traditional ruler by the late Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar 111.

In a statement signed by Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe, he said the monarch, who had ruled the Emirate for 61 years, would be buried according to Islamic injunction.

He prayed to Almighty Allah to forgive his shortcomings, saying, the deceased was a father and a pillar to the people of the state and beyond.

“His wise counsel would be greatly missed by all and sundry,” the government noted.

Meanwhile, hundreds of mourners have been trooping the palace to pay their last respect to the departed monarch.

He has, however, been laid to rest after funeral prayers at exactly 6:30p.m at the ancient town of Kwatarkwashi.

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