By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Niger State government has announced the death of the former governor of the state, Mr Abdulkadir Abdullahi Kure.
A statement issued on Sunday by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Jonathan Tsado Vatsa, disclosed that the former Governor died of after a brief illness in a German hospital on Sunday evening at the age of 60.
Mr Vatsa, in the statement issued in Minna on Sunday night, revealed that the state government has declared a 3-day state-wide mourning.
He further stated that all flags must be in half-mast throughout the mourning period.
According to the Commissioner, the state Governor, Mr 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 that the government will miss the wise counsel of late Mr Kure, who despite political differences, never fail to offer meaningful advice to the government.
The statement noted that 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.
“Engineer Abdulkadir Abdullahi Kure remains 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 said.
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