The Emir of Funakaye in Gombe State, Alhaji Mu’azu Muhammad Kwairanga has died at the age of 43, shortly after retiring to bed on Saturday.
Gombe Monarch Is Dead
It was gathered that the deceased died on Sunday morning in his palace at Bagoja town, headquarters of Funakaye local government area, as a result of cardiac attack.
He was said to have held a meeting with officials of Funakaye branch of the Jama’atul Izalatul Bidi’a Wa Ikamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS) at the palace until Magrib prayer, which he observed in congregation at the palace Mosque.
“He later retired to his bed, but around 12am the sad news was relayed to us about the deceased of the emir,” a palace source told Daily Trust.
Late Mu’azu Kwairanga Mu’azu was appointed as the third Emir of Funakaye on June 2, 2021, 13 days after the demise of his elder brother, late Abubakar Muhammad Kwairanga.
Gombe State governor, Inuwa Yahaya, has mourned the monarch who died one year after his coronation, describing his demise as a monumental loss.
The governor in a press statement signed by his media aide, Isma’ila Uba Misilli, said Gombe State has 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, rowth and development of the state in particular and Nigeria as a whole.
He described the late Emir as a humble, decent and down to earth monarch who cared for his subjects as well as the unity and progress of the state, describing his one year reign as remarkably eventful.
The governor, therefore, extended his heartfelt condolences on behalf of the government and people of Gombe State, to the royal family, people of Funakaye Emirate, the chairman of Gombe State Council of Emirs and Chiefs, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Abubakar lll, as well as the entire state over the loss.
The funeral prayers for the deceased was held on Sunday at 2:0 pm at the Emir’s palace in Bajoga, headquarters of the Emirate..
The monarch is survived by one wife and five children.