Ex Niger Gov, Kure dies at 60
…IBB, Dogara, Al-makura others mourn
…As Niger declares 3 days work free
From Yakubu Mustapha,Minna and Umar Muhammad Puma Abuja.
Former Governor of Niger State, Engineer Abdulkhadir Abdullahi Kure have yesterday (Sunday) died at the age of 60 years in a German hospital after a brief illness
Kure was flown 3 weeks ago for medical attention hence the political landscape of Niger state was thrown into mourning when the news of the death of third civilian governor of the state was heard.
According to the former Chief Press Secretary to the former governor, Muhamud Abdullahi, who confirmed the death, Kure was taken to Germany for kidney related sickness and has been in the hospital for the past three weeks.
Abdullahi said arrangement was already being made by the family to bring the remains of the former governor to the country for burial.
The Niger State has also in a statement yesterday confirmed the death of the former governor.
Kure was born on February 26, 1956. Late Governor kure is survived by wife, Senator Zaynab Kure, 6 children including four boys and two girls.
He was the Director of Engineering Services in the Federal Capital Territory before joining politics in 1998 when he contested the governorship of the state.
Late Governor Kure was a foundation member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and became governor in Niger state for two terms between 1999 – 2011.
After leaving office former Governor Kure became a member of the Board of Trustees of the party, a position he held until his death.
Late Abdulkhadir Abdullahi Kure was a member of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP.
Consequent upon the ex governors death, the Niger State government has declared a 3 day state-wide mourning.
In a statement by the Hon Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa, in Minna on Sunday night, state government stated that all flags should be at half mast throughout the state during the mourning period.
According to the Commissioner, the state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has also declared a work free day on the day of the burial of the former governor to enable all Nigerlites accord the departed leader a befitting burial.
The statement expressed that the government will miss the wise counsel of the former governor, who despite political differences never fail to offer meaningful advice to the government.
Meanwhile, former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida has said that, “The sudden death of former Governor of Niger State, Engineer, Abdulkadir Abdullahi Kure, this afternoon in Germany comes to me in a great Shock but as a believer, ‘ All souls must taste dead’ sooner or later,”
In condolence to the family of the deceased, government and people of Niger State, General Babangida, said: “ My amiable Friend and Companion is gone. We that were left behind are on transit sooner or later”.
He prayed for Allah mercy and forgiveness for the late Abdulkadir Kure and urged the family, people of Niger State and Nigeria at large to take heart and pray for him in his journey to the great beyond.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has also commiserated with the people and government of Niger state over the death of former Governor Abdulkadir Kure.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media & Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan on Sunday, the Speaker said the former governor’s death is a big loss.
Dogara described the late politician as a progressive and seasoned technocrat whose experience and wisdom would be missed.
The Speaker also extended his condolence to Kure’s immediate family and prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Also yesterday, Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa states commiserated with the government and people of Niger state over the death of the former governor, Engr Abdulkadir Kure, who died in a German hospital.
A statement signed by his special Assistant Media and Publicity Ahmed Tukur, Al-makura said that the late Engr Kure is a community leader and stakeholder who contributed immensely to the development of Niger state and the entire country.
Governor Al-makura said the deceased served his people admirably well and entrenched love and sincerity among his people.
He said that the late Engr Kure will always be remembered and honored for his laudable contributions to peace, stability and progress in his community and the country.
He prayed God Almighty to grant his soul eternal rest and comfort his family, well-wishers and the people of Niger State.
Similarly, a former Governor of Niger state, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has described the death of Kure as shocking and devastating. Aliyu who made his position know in a statement signed by his media adviser, Mr. Israel A. Ebije, said Nigeria has lost a great politician.
“ I find it difficult to come to terms with the reality that my brother, my friend, has left us so soon. I have been in touch with his wife since he travelled outside the country for treatment. I never knew his time was near.”
“Niger state has lost an illustrious son, Nigeria has indeed lost a great human asset. My brother Kure died at a time his contribution was needed. He was a peacemaker, a role model and a bridge builder. May Aljannah Firdaus be his abode. May Allah condole his wife, children and the entire Niger state.
The Niger state chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Tanko Beji described the incident devastated “as sad” adding that “we cannot query God,”
Beji said the late Governor had contributed immensely to the socio -political development of Niger state and Nigeria as a whole.