Dec 21st, 2012 – IBB, Babangida Condemns Kaduna Youths Celebrating Yakowa’s Death
Governor of Niger State, Mr. Babangida Aliyu has condemned those celebrating the death of Kaduna State Governor, Patrick Yakowa, saying it is highly “inhuman”.
The Governor who doubles as chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum said this while receiving the Speaker of Niger House of Assembly, Alhaji Adamu Usman, who led other members of the Assembly to commiserate with him on the death of Yakowa.
According to Aliyu, “No matter the religion one professes, the simple tenet is that we should sympathise with the dead and the bereaved and pray for the repose of the soul of the departed whose death is a colossal loss.”
He described those celebrating the Governor’s demise as “unreligious and inhuman”.
He said, “Immediately we start praying for our leaders to die, then we are asking that the whole society should die. We must pray for our leaders. We must go back to our faith and practise our religion as demanded by the almighty Allah.
“We must talk to our children. We must be involved in the moral and religious education of our children. This development shows that we are failing in the duty to train our children.”
The governor who described the late Yakowa as a bridge-builder, who brought Muslims and Christians in Kaduna State together, noted that the deceased provided peace and tranquillity among residents of the state while he was alive.
Meanwhile, Meanwhile the Conference of Islamic Organisations has lamented the death of Yakowa and Azazi.
The group in a statement signed by its Coordinator, Imam Abdullahi Shuaibu, and Convener, Sheikh AbdurRahman Ahmad yesterday described the late Yakowa as a servant leader who will forever be remembered.
The group said, “Indeed and in truth, the nation has lost some of its finest patriots, gentlemen, peacemakers and bridge builders at a time the Country needed their services most in moving it forward.”