The Emir of Patigi in Patigi Local Government Area of Kwara State, Ibrahim Umar is dead.
Late Umar reportedly died in Abuja on Tuesday night March 19th after a brief illness as confirmed by Muritala Raheem, Personal Assistant to the Emir of Ilorin and the Chairman of the state’s Council of Emirs and Obas.
Kwara State Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed; governor-elect Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq; Senate President Bukola Saraki; Emir of Ilorin Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari; and Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Ali Ahmad, have mourned the death of Etsu Patigi, Alhaji Ibrahim Umar.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Alhaji Abdulwahab Oba, the governor said the monarch’s passing was a great loss to the state.
Ahmed said, “The death of His Royal Highness, Etsu Patigi, saddens our hearts. He was first among equals. His reign validated him as a powerful but compassionate monarch, who was in tune with the needs and aspirations of his people.”
In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki described the late royal father as a man of peace. The former governor said, “Alhaji Umar was an older friend and an ardent supporter. I will personally miss his advice and fatherly disposition.”
Sulu Gambari, who is the Chairman Kwara State Traditional Council, expressed shock over the development.
In his condolence message signed by the National Secretary of Shehu Alimi Foundation for Peace and Development, Mallam Abdulazeez Arowona, the Emir said Etsu Patigi’s death was colossal loss to humanity.
Abdulrazaq said in a statement by his media aide, Rafiu Ajakaye that the deceased monarch would be missed.
Also, the speaker described the late traditional ruler as a detribalised Nigerian who used his position to unite the state.
Until his death, the deceased was the vice chairman of the state’s traditional council. The remains of the first class traditional ruler was buried on Wednesday in Patigi by 2 p.m.
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