President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock and grief over the death of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
In a condolence message to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, the government and people of Kaduna State, President Buhari said:
“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.”
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According to the President, ”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 prayed to Allah to forgive the late Emir and grant his family and subjects the fortitude to bear the loss.
Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has described the late Emir of Zazzau, HRH, Alhaji Shehu Idris as a remarkable traditional ruler and a man of peace.
Reacting to the death of the monarch in a statement issued by his media office in Abuja, the former Vice President, said that “the late Idris was a gentleman who brought dignity and respectability to his office throughout his long rule.”
According to Atiku, “you can’t meet the late Emir Idris without being overawed by his humility and knowledge of issues and his broadminded outlook on life.”
He noted that the late Emir Idris was a towering personality whose legacies in 45 years on the throne shall remain indelible.
The Wazirin Adamawa expressed his deepest condolences to the Shehu Idris family, the Zazzau Emirate Council and the government and people of Kaduna State over the loss of a frontline monarch.
The former Vice prayed to God to forgive the soul of the Emir and reward his noble deeds with paradise.
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, also expressed his condolences with the people of Zazzau Emirate, over the passing of their highly referred Emir, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
Lawan also commiserated with the entire people and government of Kaduna State on the death of one the highest ranking and respected traditional rulers in Nigeria.
“During his long reign, the departed Emir applied his wisdom and prestige to enhance peace and transformational development in Zazzau Emirate.
“He will continue to be remembered for his dignity, integrity and boundless love for his people and commitment to their well-being and progress,” Lawan said.
The Senate President prayed Allah to grant his people and family the fortitude to bear his loss, forgive his sins and accept him to Al Jannah Firdaus.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila also mourned the passing of the Emir of Zazzau, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
Gbajabiamila said the royal father lived a life worthy of emulation by upcoming generation, saying his demise has left a vacuum too difficult to fill at this time.
The Speaker noted that the late Shehu Idris was an embodiment of peace, rallying round his people to live peacefully and harmoniously among themselves and with visitors.
While condoling with the people and Government of Kaduna State, especially the Zazzau Emirate, Gbajabiamila prayed that Almighty Allah will grant the soul of the late Emir of Zazzau eternal rest.
“For those that knew the late Emir of Zazzau, he stood for peace not just among his subjects but also among Nigerians as a whole.
“While on the throne, he lived an exemplary life. His was a life worthy of emulation. My heart and prayers go to the people of Zazzau Emirate, members of his immediate family and the entire people of Kaduna State for this painful loss,” Gbajabiamila said.
The Speaker said the late emir has made his mark and positive impacts in the lives of his people.
The late Alhaji Shehu Idris, who ascended to the throne in 1975, spent 45 years as the 18th Fulani Emir of Zazzau, one of the longest reigns in Northern Nigeria.
He was both the Chairman of Zazzau Emirate Council and the Kaduna State Emirate Council.
PRESIDENT BUHARI SENDS SENIOR OFFICIALS TO ZARIA FOR EMIR, ALHAJI SHEHU IDRIS’ BURIAL
The Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, on Sunday afternoon led a group of Ministers and senior government officials to Zaria to represent President Muhammadu Buhari at the burial of the Emir, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
On the delegation were the ministers of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, Environment, Dr. Mahmud Mohammed and that of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika. Also on the delegation was the President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu.
The team was received on arrival at the School of Aviation in Zaria by a Kaduna State delegation led by the Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufa’i.
Conveying the condolences of the President, the Chief Staff said the late Emir had paid his dues to the nation. He said his enviable roles in nation-building and the unification of Nigerians will never be forgotten.
In his response, Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i said the people of Kaduna State have lost a caring father. He thanked President Buhari for sending a powerful delegation to the burial ceremonies.