Babagana Bukar Wakil Ngala, Maiduguri
The Borno state Government has confirmed the demised of a first-class traditional ruler, the Shehu of Dikwa, Alhaji Muhammad Ibn-Masta Elkanemi the 2nd.
The state Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Babakura Abba-Jato, said this in a statement on Saturday in Maiduguri.
Abba-Jato said the first class traditional ruler, who was in his mid-70s, passed away in the early hours of Saturday in Abuja of yet to be disclosed ailment.
Born in 1946 the late Shehu was appointed as the Shehu of Dikwa after the creation of another emirate out of the then Dikwa emirate in 2008.
Babakura Abba Jatao says that the late Shehu a season school administrator, civil servant and politician died in a private hospital after a protracted illness.
The late Shehu left behind wives, children and many relatives.
The commissioner said that Gov. Babagana Zulum has cut short his official engagements in Southern Borno in honour of the departed monarch.
Zulum prayed to Almighty Allah for the repose of his soul, his family and the entire Dikwa emirate fortitude to bear the loss as the royal father’s death is a loss to the entire state and the country at large, he stated.