The Niger State government has declared a 3-day state-wide mourning period, following the death of the former governor of the state, Abdulkadir Kure.
He died after a brief illness at a German Hospital on Sunday evening at the age of 61.
In a statement by the commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Jonathan Vatsa, in Minna on Sunday night, state government said all flags should be flown at half mast throughout the state throughout the mourning period.
According to the commissioner, the state governor, Abubakar Bello, has also declared a work free day on the day of the burial of the former governor to enable the people of the state accord the departed leader a befitting burial.
In his tribute, speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, described the late politician as progressive and seasoned technocrat whose experience and wisdom would be missed.
The speaker also extended his condolence to Kure’s immediate family and prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.
Paying his tribute in a statement last night, former military leader, Ibrahim Babangida, said his “amiable friend and companion is gone”.
“The sudden death of former Governor of Niger State, Engineer Abdulkadir Abdullahi Kure, this afternoon in Germany comes to me in a great shock but as a believer, all souls must taste death sooner or later,” said the former leader.
The late politician’s successor, Babangida Aliyu, said, “I find it difficult to come to terms with the reality that my brother, my friend, has left us so soon. I have been in touch with his wife since he travelled outside the country for treatment. I never knew his time was near.”
Chairman of the PDP in the state, Tanko Beji, described the death “as sad”.
Late Kure, an engineer, began his career in the Niger State Ministry of Works and later moved to Federal Capital Development Authority, FCTA, where he served as the director of Engineering Services. He joined politics in 1998, where he contested and won the governorship of Niger State.
Born on February 26, 1956, the late governor left behind wife, Zainab Kure, and six children.