Agency report

The Government of Niger State has declared a three-day mourning over the death of former governor Alhaji Abdulkadir Kure.

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The state Commissioner for Information Jonathan Vatsa announced this in a statement in Minna on Sunday.

Kure, who governed Niger between 1999 and 2007 died on Sunday in a German hospital at the age of 60.

And Vatsa stated that all flags should be flown at half staff throughout the state during the mourning period.

According to the Commissioner, Gov. Abubakar Bello has also declared a work-free day on the day of the burial of the former governor to enable citizens accord the departed leader a befitting burial and respect.

Niger will miss Kure’s counsel – Vatsa

Vatsa expressed sadness over Kure’s demise, adding that the government will miss the wise counsel of the former governor, who despite political differences never failed to offer meaningful advice to the present 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.

“Engineer Abdulkadir Abdullahi Kure remained a leader who out of office showed concern for the development of our state.”

IBB mourns Kure

In the meantime, former Military President, Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, said on Sunday that the sudden death of the former Governor of Niger State, came to him as a great shock.

Babangida, in a condolence to the family of the deceased, Government and people of Niger, said as a believer, “All souls must taste death’ sooner or later.”

“My amiable friend and companion is gone. We that were left behind are on transit. Sooner or later, we will go.”

He prayed for Allah’s mercy and forgiveness for the late Abdulkadir Kure and urged the family, people of Niger and Nigeria at large to take heart.