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Late Emir of Biu will always be remembered – Buhari

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Bolaji Ogundele, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has said the good works of the late Emir of Biu in Borno State, Alhaji Mai Mustapha Umar Aliyu, would continually be remembered by the people of the Northeast region of the country.

President Buhari expressed this belief on Tuesday when reacting to the death of the Emir, sending his condolences to both the Borno State government and the people of Biu Emirate.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President said the late Emir demonstrated visionary leadership during his reign.

“President Muhammadu Buhari extends heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Borno State on the passing of Emir of Biu, Alhaji Mai Mustapha Umar Aliyu.

“The President also commiserates with the royal family and the Biu Emirate Council on the death of His Royal Highness who for 31 years had the privilege of leading the people of Biu with diligence and dedication.

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“President Buhari affirms that the Emir, who was a strong advocate for peace and development in the North East region, demonstrated visionary leadership that was very evident to all, including his efforts to modernise Biu by supporting the establishment of educational institutions in the community.

“The President notes that the Emir’s style of servant leadership for over three decades earned him the trust and respect of his community, contemporaries, and Nigerians from diverse political, social, and religious leanings.

“He believes that the Emir’s good works will continue to be remembered and cherished in his community and the wider region of the North East, praying almighty God to grant the soul of the departed eternal rest and comfort to the people of Biu during this time of mourning”, the statement said.

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