NGF mourns emir of Rano, ex-Borno gov Goni

The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) has commiserated with the people and government of Kano state and the Rano emirate council over the death of the Emir of Rano, Alhaji Tafida Abubakar Ila Auta Bawo.

The Forum also commiserated with the people and government of Borno state over the death of the first civilian governor of the state, Alhaji Mohammed Goni, who died at 78.

The Forum chairman and Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, made the condolences, Sunday, in a statement signed by his director of press and public affairs, Dr Makut Macham.

He described the death of the duo as shocking and painful.

“We mourn the passing on of the royal father, whose words of wisdom and pursuit for peace and tolerance stood him out and endeared him to his subjects and people outside his domain.

“His death surely creates a huge vacuum as it came at a time when Kano state and his subjects needed him most for the fight against COVID-19, which is a major challenge confronting the state and the nation,” he said.

Lalong urged Kano state governor, Umar Abdullahi Ganduje, family of the late royal father and the emirate council to be comforted by the wonderful legacies and good works of the deceased which he hopes will be emulated and passed on to generations yet to come.

The Forum also prayed that the almighty God will forgive the shortcomings of the late Emir and grant his soul eternal rest.

Similarly, the Forum condoled with the people and government of Borno state over the passing on of the first civilian governor of the state, Alhaji Mohammed Goni, who died at the age of 78.

Lalong said the Forum extolled the virtues of the late Goni’s “dedication, honesty and sacrifice to the development of Borno State where he laid a solid foundation for growth and prosperity.”

They Forum recalled that as pioneer civilian governor, Alhaji Goni stood for good governance and prepared  the ground for a strong democratic culture that keeps resonating, despite the challenges of insurgency that Borno state and Nigeria has had to contend with in recent times.

Lalong said they extended their heartfelt sympathies to their colleague, Governor Babagana Zullum and prayed that God will comfort his family and grant his soul eternal rest.

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