By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah
President Muhammadu Buhari is saddened by the passing of Emir of Katagum, Alhaji Kabir Umar, and extends heartfelt condolences to the Emir’s family, friends, the people and Government of Bauchi State.
President Buhari in a statement by his Special Adviser media, Femi Adesina shared the grief of the people of the Katagum Emirate and all who mourn the demise of the royal father, who was a symbol of peace and dedicated himself to the cause of fostering unity around the country.
The President noted that as a former Minister of Internal Affairs and legislator in the Northern House of Assembly, in the First Republic, and later the Emir of Katagum, Alhaji Kabir Umar served the country diligently with honour and distinction.
President Buhari believed the royal father, who upheld the culture and traditions of his people during his reign, will be long remembered and honoured for his humility, dignity and profound contributions to national development.
The President urged all who mourn the monarch to reflect on his worthy service of over three decades to his people and the nation and honour his legacies of strengthening the peaceful co-existence of Nigerians from different tribes and traditions.
The President prayed that Almighty Allah will comfort all who mourn Alhaji Umar and bring forth a worthy successor to take his place on the revered throne of Katagum.