Emir of Funakaye appointed 15 months ago suddenly dies

Alhaji Mu’azu Kwairanga III, the Emir of Funakeye, who had been in office for only 15 months after being chosen by Gombe State Governor Inuwa Yahaya, has died.

On Saturday, Alhaji Kwairanga spent the entire day in the state capital of Gombe, where he joined Prof. Isa Ali Pantami, minister of communications and digital economy, for a gathering.

However, the emir died on Sunday at the age of 45.

Speaking on Sunday, Governor Yahaya described the traditional ruler’s death as a monumental loss not only to his emirate but to the entire state and nation.

“Gombe State has indeed lost one of its finest traditional rulers, who worked relentlessly 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,” the governor said.

He described the late emir as a humble, decent and down-to-earth traditional ruler, who cared for his subjects as well as the unity and progress of the state, describing his 16-month reign as remarkably eventful.

The governor, therefore, on behalf of the government and people of the state, commiserates with the royal family, people of Funakeye Emirate, the Chairman of Gombe state Council of Emirs and Chiefs, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu -Abubakar III, over the loss.

He prayed to Almighty Allah to grant the late royal father Aljannat Firdaus.

Gov. Yahaya installed the late Emir of Funakeye in May 2021.

The funeral prayers of the late emir will take place by 2:00 p.m., at the Emir’s palace in Bajoga, Funakaye Local Government Area of Gombe State.

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