The Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Shehu Usman Abubakar, yesterday died in London, England. He was 76. Burial arrangements will commence as soon as his remains are brought to Gombe State.
Secretary to the Gombe State Government, Alhaji Sule Bage, confirmed the emir's demise in a statement made available to LEADERSHIP.
The late Shehu Abubakar was the 10th emir of the Gombe emirate.
Born in 1938 as the fifth son of the Emir of Gombe, Mallam Abubakar Umar, Abubakar had his secondary school at the Barewa College, Zaria, in 1966.
Alhaji Abubakar was a seasoned administrator and served as permanent secretary and twice as a member of the National University Commission (NUC). He was also the chairman of the Gombe State Council of Emirs and Chiefs since 1984 and was instrumental to the struggle for the creation of Gombe State.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, in his condolence, described the late Emir's death as shocking.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal described the late traditional ruler as a man of peace whose reign brought about unprecedented development in Gombe Emirate.
He said the deceased was a man of conviction who earned the respect of his subjects and outsiders alike.
"He stood firmly for what he believed in. To him, the interest of the people of Gombe was paramount in all his dealings. The late Emir will be sorely missed by all those who know him," Tambuwal said.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, in his condolence, described the late Emir Abubakar as an ageless achiever who inspired his subjects to seek education as a means of liberation from poverty and ignorance.
Atiku, who stated this in a statement yesterday, added that the late Emir's long reign brought progress and development to his people for which reason they adored and respected him as a father and community leader.
"For now, all I can do is to pray to Almighty Allah to repose his soul and grant his family, his subjects and the entire country the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss," Atiku said.