By Wole Mosadomi, Gabriel Enogholase & Henry Umoru
MINNA—As the remains of the third civilian governor of Niger State, Engineer Abdulkadir Abdullahi Kure, who died in a German hospital, Sunday, is to be interred in Minna, Niger State capital, today, condolence messages continued to pour in.
Niger State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa, in a statement in Minna, yesterday, stated that the funeral prayer will hold by 12 noon at the Minna Eid praying ground.
He said interment date was reached yesterday at a meeting between the state government led by the State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello and the family.
He also stated that the governor has declared today (Wednesday) a work-free day to enable the people accord the late former governor a befitting burial.
Meanwhile, the Estu Lapai, the home town of the late governor, Alhaji Umaru Bago Tafida, has equally approved the the third day fidau prayer for the repose of the soul of the former governor to hold shortly after interment in the state capital.
Reacting to Kure’s death yesterday, former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, BoT, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Tony Anenih, said that with Kure’s death, a vacuum has been created in the politics of Niger State.
Anenih’s condolence, in a letter addressed to the wife of the late former governor, Senator Zaynab Kure, declared that “his death came at a time his wealth of experience as a former governor of Niger State, an accomplished public servant and astute politician, was most needed to assist in giving direction to his state and the nation.”
Also yesterday, former governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, described Kure as an upright gentleman, whose belief in nation building helped in sustaining democracy in the country.
Igbinedion noted that as a two-term governor, Kure made enormous sacrifices in redirecting Niger State on the path of progress and laid the legacy of peace for which the state is renowned.