By Stanley Onyekwere
Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has eulogized late Etsu of Karu, HRH Emmanuel Kyauta Yepwi, the Sa’karuyi of Karu, as man of peace and an epitome of wisdom who was steeped in the culture and traditions of his people.
Bello also commiserated with the Karu Chiefdom in Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), over the death of their monarch, aged 76 years, who reportedly died after a brief illness over the weekend, at medical facility in Kano State.
The FCT Minister who led a delegation of senior officials of the FCT Administration on a condolence visit to the palace of the Etsu Karu on yesterday, described the late monarch as a person of wisdom who contributed immensely to the development of his domain, adding that his guidance and counsel will sorely be missed.
Represented by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr. Olusade Adesola, the Minister also stressed that his reign brought peace, stability and development to Karu Chiefdom and indeed, the FCT,.
He however, prayed that Almighty God will grant the royal father eternal rest and his family and the Karu Chiefdom, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Speaking on behalf of the Palace, the District Head of Jikwoyi, Mr. Nicodemus Machi, appreciated the FCT Administration for the condolence visit to the Karu Chiefdom and prayed that the good relationship between the Palace and the FCT Administration will continue to flourish.
On his part, the Senator representing the FCT at the National Assembly, Phillip Aduda, thanked the FCT Minister for coming to commiserate with the Karu people and for his support.
Aduda however, disclosed that, in line with the tradition of the chiefdom, the formal declaration of the transition of the late Etsu would be made on Saturday, April 22nd, to be followed by other traditional burial rites.
Other dignitaries present during the visit include the Secretary, FCT Transportation Secretariat, Abdullahi Adamu Candido, the Chairman FCT Secondary Education Board, Yahaya Musa Arada, Members of the Traditional Council of Karu and Directors in the FCTA, among others.