Niger State government has announced the death of the former governor of the State, Engineer Abdulkadir Abdullahi Kure.
He died after a brief illness in a German Hospital on Sunday evening at the age of 61.
Niger has also declared a 3 day state-wide mourning in honour of the former governor as announced in a statement by the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa, in Minna on Sunday night,
All flags would fly at half mast in the state through out 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 state government said it will miss the wise counsel of the former governor, who despite political differences never fail to offer it meaningful.
The intervention of the former governor during the recent labour crisis in the state was not only legendary but showed him as an elder statesman, whose main concern was for the good, progress and unity of the state.
“Engineer Abdulkadir Abdullahi Kure remain a leader who out of office showed concern for the development of the state. His statesmanship saw him jettisoning party affiliation when he personally intervened in the recent labour crisis in the state,” the statement concluded.
Meanwhile, former President Ibrahim Babangida said the news of the death of former governor of Niger State, Engineer Abdulkadir Kure was a great shock to him, but as a believer he was consoled by the fact that all souls must taste death sooner or later.
The former military President who said this in his condolence message to the family of the deceased, government and people of Niger State, 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 late 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.