The governor of Gombe State, Inuwa Yahaya, has expressed grief over the demise of Emir of Funakeye, Mu’azu Kwairanga III.
The monarch died on Sunday morning, at his palace in Bagoja town, headquarters of Funakaye local government area.
It was gathered that Kwairanga suffered a cardiac attack. He was aged 45.
Before his sudden death, the late Monarch had attended the flag-off of the distribution of assorted foods sent to the State by President Muhammadu Buhari for the vulnerables, held at the Custodian Hotel in Gombe on Saturday, where he was nominated as a member of the distribution committee.
Late Kwairanga succeeded his late younger brother on the throne last year.
The state’s governor while reacting to the Kwairanga’s described it 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’s reign as remarkably eventful.
The governor, therefore, on behalf of the government and people of the state, commiserate with the royal family, people of Funakeye Emirate, the Chairman of Gombe state Council of Emirs and Chiefs, Abubakar Abubakar lll, over the loss.
He prayed Almighty Allah to grant the late royal father Aljannat Firdaus.