Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday advised Nigerians not to lose hope in God.
Obasanajo gave the advice in Kaduna when he paid a condolence visit to Governor Mukhtar Yero and members of the State Council of Chiefs over the demise of former Governor Patrick Yakowa.
He described Yakowa’s death as sudden, adding that the late governor was a "bridge builder" who struggled to secure and develop the state during his tenure.
Obasanjo said Nigerians must not feel desolute, but rather trust and appreciate God at all times.
"We must not mourn or lose hope like unbelievers because we believe in the ultimate goodness of God," he said.
Obasanjo congratulated the new governor, urging him to continue with the good work of his predecessor.
He commended traditional, religious and other political leaders in the state for the smooth and peaceful transmission of power to Yero.
Responding, Vice-President Namadi Sambo expressed appreciation to Obasanjo for the visit.
Sambo said the demise was a great loss not only to the family, but to the entire country.
He urged traditional leaders and the entire people of the state to support the new governor, in order to continue with the legacies of Yakowa.
The Chairman of the Council of Chiefs and Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, declared the support of members of the council to the new administration.
Shehu assured the governor that the traditional leaders would cooperate and support him in discharging his duties, especially in securing, uniting and developing the state.
He advised Yero to continue with the legacies of the late governor, as it would aid in achieving the transformation agenda of the state.