Emir of Funakaye, Mu’azu Muhammad-Kwairanga, has died aged 45.

Muhammad-Kwairanga was installed as the Emir of Funakaye by Governor Muhammadu Yahaya in May 2021, following the death of the previous traditional ruler.

Our correspondent reports that the one year and three months reign of the late monarch witnessed development, especially peace within the Local Government Area.

Muhammad-Kwairanga’s last official involvement, witnessed by our correspondent, was Governor Yahaya’s recent condolence visit, when a government delegation visited him after the recent flood in the Bajoga that killed a three-year-old and left others homeless.

Condolences to the people of Funakaye Local Government and the entire state, Governor Yahaya in a statement made available by Director-General for Press Affairs, Government House, Ismaila Misilli, described the monarch’s demise as a tremendous loss, “not only to his emirate but the entire state and nation.”

He described the late Emir as a humble, decent and level-headed monarch who cared for his subjects as well as for the unity and progress of the state, and described “his 16 months reign as remarkably eventful.”

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Yahaya said: “Gombe State has indeed lost one of its best traditional rulers who have worked relentlessly with other royal fathers in the state and provided counsel and paternal guidance for the peace, unity, growth and development of the state in particular and of Nigeria as a whole.”

Also, Deputy Governor, Manassah Jatau, described his recent meeting with the deceased in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant, Jack Tasha, as a mystery.

He said, “Death is a mystery and one of the hidden secrets that man does not know. Recently the Emir looked healthy, alive and full of life. Humanly speaking, one would never associate the Emir with death at this time, but because God has hidden this secret from man, no one has the sweetest idea that he would now die inside.

“During our recent visit to Bajoga, when we made a condolence and sympathy visit to the flood disaster that ravaged the city of Bajoga, he received us warmly and happily.

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“His commitment to the welfare of his people was so remarkable. A very caring traditional ruler who devoted himself to God and gave his people the best.”

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