Niger State Governor and Chairman North Central Governors’ Forum, Abubakar Sani Bello has described the death of the Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Salihu Tanko as collosal loss to Kagara Emirate in particular and the state in general.

The governor, in a statement says he received with great shock, the news of the death of the emir, “We have lost a First Class Emir, a member of the State Council of Traditional Rulers, an Octogenarian and an Elder Statesman whose wise counsel has been of immense value to this administration and those before it in the state.”

He further described the late Emir of Kagara as a symbol of humility, patience and peace-loving person who has brought unity and progress to his emirate adding that he would be greatly missed.

Governor Bello commiserated with the Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, the immediate family and entire people of Kagara Emirate, and prayed 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.

Alhaji Salihu Tanko, who died yesterday, was born on 5th April, 1930 at Tegina and left behind wives, children and grandchildren.

A disciplinarian to the core, the late Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Salihu Tanko was appointed District Head of Tegina in 1971 and became a Second Class Chief of Kagara in 1982 and subsequently elevated to the status of a First Class Emir in 1991.