Umaru Al-Makura describes the death of his predecessor, Alhaji Aliyu Akwe-Doma, as a personal loss
- Al-Makura was one of the many dignitaries that paid the deceased last respect
The governor calls the late Akwe-Doma an advocate of peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance
The governor of Nasarawa state, Umaru Al-Makura, is currently mourning as he has described the death of Alhaji Aliyu Akwe-Doma, his predecessor and former deputy governor of Plateau, as a personal loss.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor expressed his feelings in an interview with newsmen shortly after the burial ceremony of the ex-governor in Doma, Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa state on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
The report said Al-Makura described the deceased as a ‘galvanizer’ of self-reliance, an advocate of peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance, adding that the loss of Akwe-Doma was a personal one, given their close relationship.
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“He was the second civilian governor of Nasarawa state who worked tirelessly for four years to galvanize the people towards self-reliance, progress and peaceful coexistence.
“I consider this a very huge personal loss, given my relationship and affinity with him.
“Despite the fact that l stood and won an election against the late politician, our relationship was close and cordial.
“We shared ideas and listened to each other on matters of public interest, especially with regards to Nasarawa state,’’ he said.
NAN further reports that several dignitaries attended the burial ceremony of the former governor who died at 75 on March 6 at an Israeli hospital.
Some of them include Al-Makura, his deputy, Silas Agara, members of his executive council and the first democratically elected governor of the state, Sen Abdullahi Adamu, Mike Abdul, the deceased’s deputy and Paulen Tallen, a former deputy governor of Plateau.
Also in attendance were Sen. Walil Jibrin, Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Andoma of Doma, Alhaji Ahmadu Aliyu-Ogar, members of Nasarawa state House of Assembly.
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Labaran Maku, one time deputy governor in the state and former Minister of Information, Emir of Lafia, Dr Isa Mustapha-Agwai, the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, Alhaji Aliyu Wadada, former member, House of Representatives, Sen Suleiman Adokwe and other traditional rulers in the state attended the burial ceremony.
NAN reports that the deceased, born on September 1, 1942 in Doma local government of Nasarawa state, was the governor of the state from 2007 to 2011 on the platform of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
NAIJ.com earlier reported the death of Akwe-Doma as confirmed by his nephew, Ahmed Bako.
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