Jos — The nation yesterday received with shock news of the death of the emir of Wase, Alhaji Dr. Haruna Abdullahi Maikano Wase, who passed on in the early hours of Friday at the Jos University Teaching Hospital after a brief illness at the age of 64.
The late emir was buried at exactly 2.45p.m in Wase according to Muslim rites, with thousands of sympathisers from all over the country in attendance to commiserate with the emirate.
The emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu, who spoke on behalf of northern emirs and chiefs, described the late emir as an epitome of peace who would be greatly missed by all.
The Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Gyang Buba, who led the Plateau State government delegation to the burial, described the emir as a "bosom friend and colleague, who will be missed greatly," adding that the emir's contributions in the peace process in the state would particularly be missed.
In his condolence message in a letter to Governor Jonah Jang signed by his spokesperson Ima Niboro, President Goodluck Jonathan commiserated with him and the people of Plataeu State, describing the late emir's death as a great loss to the country.
Confirming his death, brother to the deceased, Dr. Bawa Abdullahi Wase in a telephone interview, told LEADERSHIP WEEKEND that "the late emir was not very ill, but as the Almighty Allah wished, he took his life," adding that he went to the hospital three days ago for a medical check-up, having complained of fever.