NGF mourns Rano Emir, Gov. Goni
From Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Northern State Governors Forum has commiserated with the people and government of Kano State as well as the state Council of Traditional Rulers over the death of Emir of Rano, Alhaji Tafida Abubakar Ila, Autan Bawo.
The chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Mr. Simon Bako Lalong, in a statement signed by his Director of Press & Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Simon Macham and issued to The Triumph in Jos, recently, described the death of the Emir as shocking and painful.
“We mourn the passing of the Royal Father, whose words of wisdom, and pursuit for peace and tolerance stood him out and endeared him to his subjects and people outside his domain.
“His death has surely created a huge vacuum as it came at a time when Kano State and his subjects needed him most for the fight against COVID-19, which is a major challenge confronting the state and the nation,” the governor stated.
Lalong urged Kano State governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, family of the late Emir and the Emirate to be comforted by the wonderful legacies and good works of the deceased, which he hoped would be emulated and passed to generations yet to come.
The forum also prayed that God would forgive the shortcomings of the late Emir and grant his soul eternal rest.
Similarly, the Northern States Governors Forum has condoled with the people and government of Borno State over the passing away of the first civilian governor of the state, Alhaji Mohammed Goni, who died at the age of 78.
The forum extolled his virtues of dedication, honesty and sacrifice to the development of Borno State where he laid a solid foundation for growth and prosperity.
They recalled that as pioneer civilian governor, late Goni stood for good governance and prepared the ground for a strong democratic culture that keeps resonating, despite the challenges of insurgency that the state and the nation has had to contend with in recent times.
They extended their heartfelt sympathies to their colleague, Governor Babagana Zullum, praying that God would comfort his family and grant his soul eternal rest.