Former governor of old Kaduma State, late Lawal Kaita was buried yesterday in Katsina amidst tears and tributes from family, friends, associates and members of the public.
The remains of the second republic governor and royal prince of Katsina arrived the Emir of Katsina’s palace at about 1:50pm in an ambulance belonging to the state’s Orthopaedic Hospital.
His eldest son, Abdulkarim, other family members and a mammoth crowd accompanied the late Kaita’s corpse.
His funeral prayers were led by the Chief Imam of Katsina Central Mosque, Lawal Muhammad, who was represented by the deputy chief Imam of the mosque, Liman Mustapha, before his remains were conveyed to Damarina Cementary for interment according to Islamic rites at about 2:40pm.
Shortly after the prayers, federal government delegation led by the Minister of State for Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika and Minister of Defence, Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan-Ali (rtd) delivered President Muhammadu Buhari’s condolence to the Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, represented by Kauran Katsina, Nuhu Abdulkadir.
In his condolences conveyed by the Minister of State for Aviation, President Muhammadu Buhari, described the late former governor of old Kaduna State as a patriot and a true Nigerian who believed in the Nigerian Project.
The president said the second republic governor was a leader that would be remembered for his fairness, statemanship and firm belief in the Almighty, even as he urged Nigerians to emulate the lifestyle, equity and justice exemplified by the octogenerian.
Kaita’s Death A Great Loss To The Nation – Saraki
Meanwhile, Senate President Bukola Saraki has described the death of Lawal Kaita as a great loss not only to Katsina and Kaduna states, but also to the entire nation.
In a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki described the late Kaita as a courageous, experienced and consummate politician, who was always frank in his views and honest in his political activities.
He said, “I consider the death of Alhaji Kaita as a personal loss to me and my family considering his long mutual and beneficial relationship with my late father, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki, which he graciously extended to me.
“As a father, I benefitted immensely from his wise counsel and support at different times. His death has robbed the nation of a gentleman, fearless and honest politician who thrived on building good relationships for the purpose of better serving his people”.
He Was A Quintessential Leader -el-Rufai
Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, also described the late Lawal Kaita as a quintessential leader.
The governor said the nation and both Kaduna and Katsina states have lost a model for present and future leaders, who in his lifetime exhibited courage in leadership and patriotism in all his political engagements.
A statement issued by Samuel Aruwan, the governor’s spokesman noted: “Alhaji Lawal Kaita was a quintessential and courageous leader who served the old Kaduna State meritoriously with dedication and commitment in the course of his leadership in 1983.
“As an elected governor of the old Kaduna State, he contributed immensely to the development, unity and progress of the old state. Alhaji Kaita was a patriot and a role model for present and future leaders.
“May Allah grant his soul Aljanna Firdausi and comfort his immediate family”.
Tambuwal Mourns Lawal Kaita
Onhis part, Sokoto State governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, expressed sadness over the death of the late Lawal Kaita.
In a statement by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal said Kaita made invaluable contributions to the development of the country.
He noted: “He was an acclaimed pacesetter who, along with other patriotic Nigerians of his generation, fought for the restoration of democracy in Nigeria at the turn of the century. His life is an example in dedication and commitment to democratic norms and values.
“Nigeria will remember the deceased as a man who gave his best years towards the development of multi-party politics. His contributions have enriched governance process at state and federal levels”.
He Was A Brother, Leader -Emir
Also, the Emir of Katsina, Abdulmumini Kabir Usman, yesterday expressed sadness over the demise of the state’s royal prince and political icon, Lawal Kaita.
The monarch represented by Kauran Katsina, Nuhu Abdulkadir, said, “We felt this great loss of our dear son, brother and a leader, Alhaji Lawal Kaita; a man from the royal house of Katsina, a true gentleman and beloved man. This man will never be forgotten for his good deeds in the royal house, Katsina State in particular and Nigeria in general.
“We pray his good deeds will follow him. To his immediate family, we pray Almighty to grant them the fortitude to bear this great loss because everyone must go at one time or the other”.
Nigeria Has Lost A Good Man, A Political Icon -Coomassie
On his part, the chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and former IGP, Ibrahim Coomassie, who joined other notable Nigerians in paying tribute to the late Lawal Kaita yesterday, described the deceased as a very good man.
In an interview with LEADERSHIP, Coomassie recalled that the deceased was a great leader, a great prince, politician who was very good in various spheres of human endeavour.
He prayed Allah to forgive all the shortcomings of the former president of Nigeria Polo Association and reward him with eternal rest.
“His death will certainly create a vacuum not only in the Katsina emirate and the former Kaduna State but through out the nation. We have lost an elder statesman, an adviser and mentor to many Nigerians”, Coomassie said.
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