The Emir of Lafia, Aljhaji Dr Isa Mustapha Agwai I, is dead. He died yesterday in Abuja at the age of 84 after a protracted illness.
A statement signed by Nasarawa State commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Haruna Iliya Osegba, officially announced the demise of the traditional ruler.
The statement noted: “His Excellency, the governor of Nasarawa State announces with a heavy heart and a deep sense of loss the demise of HRH Alh Dr Isa mustapha Agwai 1, the Emir of lafia and chairman of the State Council of Chiefs, today Thursday 10th January 2019 after a protracted illness.
“The deceased was born on 14th August 1935 and ascended the reverred stool of Emir of lafia on the 28th May 1974”.
The statement further noted that the Emir’s body will leave Abuja for Lafia today (Friday) for burial at the Emir’s palace by 2:00 pm after the Friday juma’at prayers.
“His Excellency Governor Umar Tanko Almakura heartily condoles with the family of the deceased, Lafia Emirate council, the State council of chiefs the people of Nasarawa state over the sad loss and May Allah grant him Aljannatu Firdausi”, the commissioner added.
When LEADERSHIP Friday visited the late Emir’s palace, the Andoma of Doma, Alhaji Ahamadu Aliyu Onawo and the Madakin Lafia, Alhaji Isyaku Dauda, were on ground receiving condolence messages and from sympathisers.
Until his demise, Dr Agwai, was crowned in 1974, was the 16th Emir of Lafia. He celebrated his 44th anniversary on the throne last year with pump and pageantry.
He was a former Chancellor of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) and the current Chancellor of Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State.
He was also the current the national vice chairman of Jama’atu Nastril Islam (JNI), chairman of JNI in Nasarawa State and national vice chairman of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Nigeria (NSCIA).
PMB, Saraki Mourns
Meanhile, President Muhammadu Buhari and Senate President Bukola Saraki yesterday mourned the Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Isah Mustapha Agwai I.
Buhari who said he received with profound sadness news of the passing of the royal father extended his heartfelt commiserations to Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, the Lafia Emirate Council, the people of Lafia and Nasarawa State on the death of the Emir, describing the deceased as a highly respected monarch who ascended the throne of his ancestors in 1974.
The president assured them of the fullest sympathy of the federal government as they mourn the chairman of the Nasarawa State Council of Emirs and Chiefs and state chairman of Jama’tul Nasril Islam (JNI), who will be fondly remembered for his exemplary leadership and tireless efforts at improving the lives of his people.
A statement by presidential spokesman, Garba Shebu, noted that in the course of his remarkable 44 years on the throne, President Buhari affirmed that Alhaji Agwai’s devoted himself to championing inter-religious harmony, tolerance, peace building and conflict prevention as well as promoting the role of education in nation building.
As the remains of the late Emir is buried on Friday, the President prayed Allah to receive the monarch’s soul and grant him peaceful repose. He also prayed that Allah will grant the people of Lafia a worthy successor”, Shehu added.
On his part, Senate President Saraki expressed sadness over the demise of the Emir of Lafia..
Saraki in a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the late monarch as a grassroots reformer who worked meritoriously with the native authority administration and became the district head of Obi before his ascension to the Emir-ship stool of Lafia.
“He was a man of peace and we shall all miss him,” Saraki said, while commiserating with the immediate family of the deceased, the Lafia Emirate and the people and government of Nasarawa State over the sad loss.
He prayed God to count the soul of the late Emir among the righteous ones in Aljannah Firdaus and his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Also, the presidential candidate of PDP, Atiku Abubakar, who was in Lafia for campaign when news of the death of the Emir filtered in mourned, saying the royal father will be remembered for his educational and humanitarian strides.
Atiku took to his twitter handle and twitted: “I received with shock the loss of Emir of Lafia and Chairman, Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Isa Mustapha Agwai. He will be remembered amongst others as an educationist and humanitarian. May Allah grant him AlJannah Firdaus”.
In his condolence message, the Speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, prayed for the repose of the soul of the royal father and urge the people of Nasarawa State and Nigeria to pray for the fallen hero.
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