The Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Salihu Tanko, has died at the ago of 90.
The ancient town of Kagara was in the news recently following the abduction of students of the Government Science College Kagara by bandits who have laid siege to the town and surrounding communities.
Alhaji Salihu Tanko, who died Tuesday, in Kagara, headquarters of Rafi Local Government, was born on April 5, 1930 at Tegina.
A disciplinarian, the late Emir of Kagara had served as District Head of Tegina in 1971 and a Second Class Chief of Kagara in 1982, before he was elevated to the status of a First Class Emir in 1991.
He is survived by wives, children and grandchildren.
In his condolence message, Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello described the death of the Emir as a collosal loss to the state in general and the Kagara Emirate in particular.
“We have lost a First Class Emir, a member of the State Council of Traditional Rulers, an Octagenerian and an Elder Statesman whose wise counsel has been of immense value to this administration and those before it in the state,” Bello said.
The governor also described the late Emir of Kagara as symbol of humility, patience and peace-loving person who has brought immense unity and progress to his emirate adding that he would be greatly missed.
Meanwhile, Bello has commiserated with the Etsu Nupe and Chairman Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, the immediate family and entire people of Kagara Emirate
He prayed to Almighty Allah to grant the soul of the deceased eternal rest in Jannatul Firdausi and the family the fortitude to be strong in this trying times.