President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday described as “sad” the news of passing away of the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Shehu Abubakar.
In a statement issued by the Presidential spokesperson, Dr Reuben Abati, President Jonathan said that the monarch, who died on Tuesday in London, ruled with immense wisdom and dedication for many years.
Abati said that the president extended condolences to Gov. Ibrahim Dankwanbo and the people of Gombe State, especially the people of the Gombe Emirate.
He said the president recalled, with appreciation, the warm reception and courtesies extended to him and his delegation by the late Emir during his visit to Gombe for the North-East Economic Summit in December last year.
“The president joins the government and people of Gombe in mourning Alhaji Shehu who will be greatly missed by his people and all who knew him,” he said.
Abati said that the president also commiserated with the Chairman of the National Conference, Justice Idris Kutigi, whose wife, Mariama Kutigi, passed away also on Tuesday.
He said President Jonathan also extended condolences to the Publisher of Vanguard newspaper, Mr. Sam Amuka-Pemu, on the recent death of his mother, Mrs. Teshoma Amuka-Pemu.
“The President prays that God Almighty will comfort both families and grant them the fortitude to bear the loss of the matriarchs who played very commendable roles in improving the lives of their family members and communities,” he said