President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said it was with sadness and a deep feeling of personal and national loss that he received the news of the death of the Emir of Borgu, Alhaji Haliru Dantoro, Kitoro III.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President extended condolences to the bereaved on behalf of himself, the Federal Government and all Nigerians.
Buhari particularly commiserated with the late Emir’s family and the people of Borgu Emirate over whom he said the deceased ruled for many years with “commendable wisdom, benevolence and an uncommon dedication to duty.”
The President also commiserated with the government and people of Niger State on the death of the traditional ruler who he said would be long remembered and honoured for his notable contributions to the development of his community, state and country,
The statement read in part, “The President joins them in mourning Alhaji Haliru, a friend and associate of many years, with whom he shared the vision of a peaceful, politically stable, united, progressive and prosperous Nigeria to which every citizen will be proud to belong.
“President Buhari will forever treasure his memories of the late Emir as a great patriot, indefatigable unifier and bridge-builder who did his utmost best as a political leader and traditional ruler to strengthen the bonds that bind all Nigerians together in the interest of national peace, harmony and progress.
“The President prays that Almighty Allah will receive Alhaji Haliru’s soul and grant his people a worthy successor who will build on the laudable legacies of his life of service to community and country.”