Umar Mustapha Aliyu, the Emir of Biu in Borno state, is dead, leaving behind four wives, over 70 children and 200 grandchildren, the deceased eldest son, Maina Mustapha revealed.
According to reports, the Emir died Monday night at the Federal Medical Center (Federal Teaching Hospital), Gombe after a brief illness.
He was 80 years old.
The Emir was born on the 9th of November 1940 in Biu. He attended Kwaya Kusar Junior Primary School between 1947 and 1949 and Biu Central Primary School from 1950 to 1953.
He thereafter proceeded to Hausari Primary School in Maiduguri between 1953 and 1955.
The late Emir was at various times a Veterinary attendant (1958), member representing Biu Emirate at the Borno State Council of Arts and Culture, and District Head of Biu town from 1975 to 1989 when he became the Emir of Biu.
Former Senator, Shehu Sani took to his official Twitter handle to mourn the late Emir.
Senator Shehu Sanni, tweeted, “My condolences to the Government and people of Borno State over the demise of the Emir of Biu His Royal Highness Alhaji Mustapha Aliyu. May Allah in his infinite mercy grant him Aljanna firdausi. Amin.”
Similarly, the Borno Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture, Alhaji Babakura Abba-Jato, confirmed the death in a statement in Maiduguri.
Abba-Jatau said “Inna Lillahi wa innah ilayhi rajiun, his royal highness the emir of Biu, Mai Umar Mustafa Aliyu has answered the call of Allah Subuhanahu wa Taa La.
“The late Emir was appointed in June 1989. He died this morning at the age of 80. He will be laid to rest in Biu at 2pm today according to palace sources. May his soul rest in perfect peace, Ameen,” he said.