Niger State government has officially announced the death of a former governor of the State, Engineer Abdulkadir Abdullahi Kure.
He died after a brief illness in a German Hospital in Germany on Sunday evening at the age of 61.
In a statement by Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa, in Minna on Sunday night, the state government has declared a 3-day state-wide mourning.
It further stated that all flags should be at half mast throughout the state in the mourning period.
According to the Commissioner, the state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has also declared a work free day on the day of the burial of the former governor to enable all Nigerlites accord the departed leader a befitting burial.
The statement expressed the governor’s sorrow on the demise of the former governor, who despite political differences with him never failed to offer meaningful advice to the government.
The intervention of the former governor during the recent labour crisis in the state was not only legendary but showed him as an elder stateman, whose main concern was for the good, progress and unity of the state, Sani-Bello said.
“Engineer Abdulkadir Abdullahi Kure remained a leader who out of office showed concern for the development of the state. His statesmanship saw him jettisoning party affiliation when he personally intervened in the recent labour crisis in the state,” the statement concluded.