By David Hassan
Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya has received with sadness, the demise of the Emir of Funakaye, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Muhammadu Kwairanga Abubakar II who died in the early hours of today in Bajoga at the age of 68.
The Governor, in a statement, described the death of the traditional ruler as a great loss, not only to his immediate family or Funakaye Emirate but the entire state and the country at large.
He stated that the late Emir was a humble and dedicated ruler who lived a life of service to his people, the state and the nation and left behind, a legacy of honour and dignity worthy of emulation by all.
Governor Yahaya noted that the late Emir Muhammadu Kwairanga II worked tirelessly with other royal fathers in the state and offered counsels and fatherly guidance for the peace, unity, growth and development of the state in particular and Nigeria as a whole.
He recalled that his interactions with the late monarch always left him with an impression of a humble leader who cared for his subjects as well as the unity and progress of the state.
The Governor therefore, extended his heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Government and people of Gombe State, to the royal family, people of Funakaye Emirate, the Chairman and Gombe state Council of Emirs and Chiefs as well as the entire state over the great loss, praying Almighty Allah to grant the late royal father Aljannat Firdaus.
The late monarch who was installed as the Emir of Funakaye in May, 2010 died in the early hours of today, at the age of 68. As announced by the Funakaye Local Government and the Emirate Councils, the funeral prayers will take place today, (Thursday) 20th May, 2021 by 2:00 pm at the Emir’s palace in Bajoga, Funakaye Local Government Area, Gombe State.