The Vice Chairman of the Kwara state traditional council, Etsu Patigi, Alhaji Ibrahim Chatta Umar, has died.
The traditional ruler reportedly died on Tuesday night in Abuja and was buried at Patigi, headquarters of the Patigi local government on Wednesday by 4pm.
Meanwhile, the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman Kwara state traditional Council, Alhaji (Dr.) Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, has expressed shock over the death.
He said the late Etsu Patigi was a true epitome of peace and symbol of unity to the entire Nupe speaking tribes in Kwara state and beyond.
He also said that his death will no doubt create a wide vacuum which cannot be forgotten so soon.
The Emir further noted that late Etsu Chatta Umar was until his death the Vice Chairman of the Kwara State traditional council and has used his wealth of experience to promote the council through his numerous outstanding contributions.
“I received the news of his death with crude shock. Etsu Chatta Umar was a peace loving monarch whose penchant growth and development of the emirate and state at large knows no bound. We will surely miss him.
“I pray that Almighty Allah will forgive his shortcomings, admit him into al-janatul firdaos and give the family and the entire people of Patigi Emirate Council the fortitude to bear the great loss”, he added.
Meanwhile, Kwara state governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed has condoled the people of Patigi Emirate over the death of Etsu Patigi, Alhaji Ibrahim Chatta Umar.
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba, described the demise of the monarch as a great loss and a departure of one of the builders of modern Kwara.
Governor Ahmed said the demise of the Etsu draws the curtain on one of the most peaceful, finest and most respected traditional rulers in the state.
Also, the Kwara State Governor-Elect AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has described as shocking and regretful the sudden death of the Etsu Pategi.
AbdulRazaq said, in a statement by his media aide, Rafiu Ajakaye, that the first class monarch’s legacy of uniting his people for peace and development will be missed.
“The Etsu Pategi was uncompromising about the unity, peace and development of his people and community. This legacy stood him out throughout his reign,” he said.
AbdulRazaq condoled with the Kwara State Government, the Emir of Ilorin and the people of Kwara North on the passing of the Etsu Pategi.
Similarly, a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Mallam Saliu Mustapha, has described the death of the Etsu Patigi as shocking and devastating.
In a statement issued from his media office in Ilorin, Mallam Mustapha said he received with profound sadness news of the passing of the monarch.
He said the late traditional ruler died at a critical period when his wisdom, experience and support would be needed in the task of rebuilding Kwara state, especially the Kwara North axis of the state.
The APC Chieftain extends heartfelt commiserations to the people of Kwara North, especially the people of Patigi on the passage of the highly respected monarch in the state.