The Kaduna State Government has declared three days of mourning for the late Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris.
A statement by Muyiwa Adekeye, spokesman for Governor Nasir El-Rufai, said public offices will open as normal on 21 & 22 September 2020.
“There will be a public holiday on 23 September to honour his memory. Flags will fly at half-mast during the mourning period,” Mr Adekeye said in a terse statement.
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.
The funeral prayers was led by the Chief Imam of Zazzau Emirate, Dalhatu Kasimu, in the palace at about 5:35pm, attended by thousands of people.
Among those in attendance were Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufa’i, 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, consisted of 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.
News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the Waziri of Zazzau, Malam Ibrahim Muhammad, confirmed the death of Alhaji Shehu Idris, the 18th Emir of Zazzau and the Chairman, Kaduna State Council of Chiefs to NAN in Zaria.
Shehu Idris was coronated the Emir of Zazzau on February 15, 1975, and has ruled Zazzau emirate for 45 years, before his death.
NAN observed that the death of emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris has thrown the entire people of the emirate into tears and mourning.
The corpse of the late Paramount ruler arrived the Palace from Kaduna at about 2.45pm.