Borno State Governor Babagana Umara Zulum on Saturday presented the staff of office to the recently appointed Emir of Biu, Mai Mustapha Umar Mustapha II, but while the ceremony was going on, another news filtered in that a first class emir, the Shehu of Dikwa, His Royal Highness, Dr Abba Tor Masta II, has passed on.
The Monarch died in the early hours of Saturday morning after suffering from an undisclosed ailment.
The Shehu’s remains would be buried today in Maiduguri according to Islamic Rites.
Governor Zulum who is in Biu for the presentation of the staff of office to the new Emir of Biu, Mai Mustapha Umar Mustapha II, will cut short his visit to attend the burial.
Recall that Mai Mustapha Umar Mustapha II, the 29th emir of Biu was appointed on the after the dimise of his later father 21st September 2020.
The colorful occasion which took place at Biu central stadium had in attendance, the deputy Governors of Borno and Gombe, Shehu of Borno, Alh. Dr. Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai Al-Almin El-Kanami, other emirs from Borno and the neighbouring states, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Tukur Yusuf Buratai
Presenting the Staff of Office on Saturday, Gov. Zulum said, “The historical antecedents of Bura/Babur are not only intertwined but two sides of the same coin. We are one people united by different historical events.”
He charged the new Emir to consolidate the foundation put in place by his late father Mai Umar Mustapha Aliyu by been just and fair to carry everybody along and sustain the development in education, health, agriculture, security of people my strengthening community policing.
It would be recalled that the late emir Mai Umar Mustapha died after a brief illness in September 2020 at the age of 79.
Praises military over fight against boko haram
The Governor was full of praise to the Nigerian Armed Forces, other security operatives, vigilantes and members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) on the recent successes been recorded in the fight against insurgency in Borno.
“May I use this medium to commend the federal government and in particular the Nigerian Military for the recent successes they have recorded in the fight against the insurgents. Especially by taking the war to the enclaves of the insurgents, let me commend the Chief of Army Staff, the Chief of Air Staff, directors and principals in the military high command, the theatre Commander, the GOC, sector commanders, brigade commanders, commanding officers, men and officers in theatre of operation, the police and all other security operatives working in Borno for the support they have rendered in securing the territorial integrity of our nation.” Zulum said.
The Governor also commended the Chief of Army Staff to citing the Nigerian Army University in Biu town.