Hundreds of people attended the funeral prayer of the late Emir of Biu, Borno State, Mai Umar Mustapha Aliyu, who died on Tuesday aged 80.
The emir’s death was earlier announced by the Borno State Commissioner of Home Affairs, Information, and Culture, Hon. Babakura Abba-Jato.
He said, “Inna Lillahi wa innah ilayhi rajiun” (Verily we belong to Allah, and verily to Him do we return). His Royal Highness, the Emir of Biu, Mai Umar Mustafa Aliyu has answered the call of Allah Subuhanahu wa Taa La.
“Appointed June 1989, the late emir died this morning (yesterday) at the age of 80.
The late emir had reportedly been in poor health and was admitted to the Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe.
An official of the hospital, who craved for anonymity, confirmed that the late monarch was admitted to the hospital.
He said the late Emir of Biu received treatment at the VIP Amenity ward of the hospital before his death.
Businesses were said to have been shut down in Biu town Tuesday while residents lined up along the streets in what appeared to be a mark of respect for the late emir.
Governor Babagana Umara Zulum could not travel by air to Biu due to bad weather but was represented at the burial by his deputy, Umaru Khadafur.
Other dignitaries included members of the State and National Assembly, commissioners, and traditional rulers.
The emir was born on the 9th of November 1940 in Biu, and worked with the public service before ascending the throne in 1989.
The late emir left behind four wives, dozens of children, and 200 grandchildren.
Meanwhile, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar had on twitter sent his condolence to the family of the late emir.
He said, “On behalf of my family, I express my deepest condolences to the Mustapha-Aliyu royal family and the government and people of Borno State over the loss.
“He will be sorely missed.
“May Almighty Allah forgive his sins and grant him Aljanah Firdaus. Ameen.”
Also, Senator representing Borno South, Mohammed Ali Ndume had in a condolence message expressed sadness over the death of the emir.
Senator Ndume described the late royal father as a man of peace whose reign witnessed monumental development in his domain in particular and Borno State in general.