The remains of the late former governor of Niger State, Engr. Abdulkadir Kure, were yesterday laid to rest in Minna, the state capital, in line with Islamic rites, with an unprecedented crowd from within and outside the state witnessing the burial.
Kure who was governor of the state between 1999 and 2007, died in Germany on Sunday. He was aged 61.
The burial was conducted amidst tears from youths, women and thousands of sympathisers who gathered to eulogise the late Engr. Kure who, they all said, was a God-fearing man who touched the lives of the less-privileged in the society.
Ceoafrica gathered that traffic to the Minna Eid Praying Ground where the Jana’iza (burial prayer) took place was tight as people tried to get to the praying ground to pay their last respects and also offer prayers for the deceased.
The Eid Praying Ground was filled to capacity with security agents trying to control the crowd of both Muslim and Christian sympathisers while the Chief Imam of Minna, Ibrahim Abu Fari, conducted the prayers that barely lasted three minutes before the body was taken to his residence at GRA Minna for final burial.
Niger State governor, Alhaji Sani Bello, and his Sokoto State counterpart, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, led dignitaries, including the deceased’s fellow former governors and top politicians, to the burial.
The Chief Imam of Minna also conducted a Fidau prayer (special prayer) after the afternoon prayers at the Minna Central Mosque, with clerics extolling the virtues of the late former governor and praying to Allah (SWT) to forgive him his sins and grant him eternal rest.
The burial prayer was attended by former head of State, Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar, former Senate president and onetime military governor of Niger State, Senator David Mark; former minister of information, Professor Jerry Gana; minister of state, Solid Minerals, Abubakar Bawa Bwari, deputy governor of Niger state, Ahmed Mohammed Ketso and former deputy speaker, House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha
Others were former governors: Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Boni Haruna (Adamawa), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Attahiru Bafarawa (Sokoto); Rabiu Musa Kwakwaso and Ibrahim Shekarau (Kano), Ahmed Sani Yerima and Alhaji Mahmud Shinkafi (Zamfara), Ahmed Makarfi (Kaduna), Senator Danjuma Goje (Gombe), Ramalan Yero (Kaduna), Capt Idris Wada (Kogi) and Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom), who is also the current Senate minority leader.
The burial was also attended by Hon Ado Dogowa representing Speaker House of Representative Ahmed Dogora , Senator representing Niger north, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi, Senator Mustapha Mohammed representing Niger south, Speaker, Niger state House of assembly, Ahmed Marafa,
Senator Philip Aduda representing the Federal capital Territory (FCT), APC Niger state Chairman, Engr Mohammed Imam, Chieftain of APC and former governorship candidate of CPC, Alhaji Bako Shettima and former governor of Niger state, Hon Ahmed Musa Ibeto.
Also at the burial were the former secretary to the government of the federation (SGF),Yayale Ahmed; PDP board of trustees chairman, Walid Jibrin; former Senate president, Pius Anyim; former deputy Senate president, Ibrahim Mantu; Senator David Umaru, Senator Bala Ibn Allah, and former Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister, Hamzat Abdullahi.
The traditional rulers were led by the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar; Etsu Lapai, Alhaji Umar Bago Tafida, the brother of the late Engr Kure; Etsu Agaie, Alhaji Yusuf Nuhu and Emir of Minna, Alhaji Farouq Bahago.
The inspector-general of police (IGP), Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, and the commandant-general, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Muhammadu Gana, as well as heads of security outfits in Niger State were also at the event.