Late Emir of Lafia Alhaji Agwai Laid to Rest

Hundreds of people including politicians, religious and traditional leaders from across the country converged on Lafia the Nasarawa state capital to perform the burial prayers for the remains of Emir of Lafia Alhaji Isa Mustapha Agwai the first who passed on last Thursday.

At the burial in Lafia, President Muhammadu Buhari described the late Emir as selfless leader whose reign has witnessed tremendous peace and unity of the people in Nasarawa state and the North Central Zone of the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari represented by the Minister of Water Resources Alhaji Suleiman Adamu said the death of the Emir of Lafia has robbed the country of a leader whose wise counsel was needed in the peace building process and coexistence of the people of the country.

He called on the people of Nasarawa State to accept the death of the Emir as divine will of God.

Governor Tanko Almakura of Nasarawa State in an emotion laden voice described the death of Alhaji Isa Mustapha Agwai the First as shocking in view of his fatherly advice to everyone regardless of differences.

Governors of Plateau Simon Lalong and Imo states Rochas Okoroacha said the late Emir of Lafia was a unifying force who would be greatly missed considering his wise counsel.

Other top functionaries that attended the burial include the Gbong Gwom Jos, His Majesty Jacob Gyang Buba, Sarkin Fika, Sarkin Argungu, Former Minister of Defence Theophilus Danjuma and that of Information Labaran Maku as well as former Governors among others.

Chief Imam of Lafia Central Mosque Alhaji Dalhatu Dahiru led sympathisers into prayers for repose of the soul of the late Emir.

The late Alhaji Isah Mustapha Agwai the First ascended the throne of his ancestors in 1974 as the sixteenth Emir of Lafia.

Before his demise, he was the longest serving first class Emir in the Northern Nigeria.

BY/CHRIS NYAMTU/LAFIA.

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