The Kaduna State Government has mourned   the death of Brigadier-General Abba Kyari, describing him as a shining star of his generation.

General Kyari was appointed military governor of North Central State in 1967, and served in that role until 1975.

In a statement by the governor’s Spokesperson,Samuel Aruwan, said Governor Nasir El-Rufai has condoled with the family of the late elder-statesman.

“The Kaduna State Government regrets to announce the death of Brigadier-General Abba Kyari, who was military governor of the state from 1967 to 1975.

“Governor Nasir El-Rufai has sent a message of condolence to the family of General Kyari who was a shining star of his generation. Malam El-Rufai recalls that earlier this year, he had the honour to visit and thank General Kyari for his service to the state.

“Kaduna State will miss his wise counsel. We note with gratitude that Allah blessed him to ripe old age.

“We pray Allah to grant him Aljannah Firdaus and to uphold his family.”

The North Central State was renamed as Kaduna State in 1976, when the then 12 states in the country were expanded to 19. Kaduna State was split into Kaduna and Katsina States in 1987. ENDs