Emir of Zazzau: El-Rufai declares public holiday, 3 days of mourning

Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris

Governor Nasir El-Rufai has declared three days mourning for the late Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.

The Special Adviser to the el-Rufai on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, announced this today.

Adekeye said that public offices would open as normal on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22 but “there will be a public holiday on Sept. 23 to honour his memory’’.

According to him, flags will fly at half-staff during the mourning period.

The Emir died at the 44 Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna on Sunday at the age of 84.

The remains of the monarch have been laid to rest at his palace in Zaria besides some past emirs of the emirate.

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The funeral prayers was led by the Chief Imam of Zazzau Emirate, Dalhatu Kasimu, in the palace at about 5:35pm.

It was attended by thousands of people.

Among those in attendance were El-Rufai, a son of Zaria, Secretary to the State Government, Balarabe Lawal-Abbas, Speaker of the State Assembly, Yusuf Zailani and other top government functionaries.

The Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari led the Federal Government delegation, which consisted Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika, Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed, Environment Minister Mahmud Mohammed and Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

Also at the palace was the Emir of Kano, Aminu Bayero, and heads of military and paramilitary formations in Kaduna state.

The late monarch was the 18th Emir of Zazzau. He was the Chairman, Kaduna State Council of Chiefs.

Shehu Idris was coronated the Emir of Zazzau on Feb. 15 1975, and ruled Zazzau emirate for 45 years, before his death.



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