Igbos in Nasarawa declares one day mourning for late Emir of Lafia
Igbo Cultural Association (ICA) in Nasarawa state has condoled with Lafia Emirate Council, and declared one day of mourning in honour of the late Emir, His Royal Highness Isa Mustapha Agwali 1.
A statement signed by its president, Cyril Ibe, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, January 15, in Lafia, described the late Emir as a pragmatic and exemplary leader. According to the statement, the late paramount ruler was a father to all who live and trade in Nasarawa state, regardless of religion and ethnic affiliation.
In a condolence letter obtained it reads “We, the Igbos, are in mournful mood to show our last respect to a revered departed royal father, and that is why we closed our businesses today in honour of the late Emir. “The late Emir was good and kind to Igbo people. He assisted many Igbos in dire need of employment and admission, into various institutions of higher learning. “We are using this opportunity to condole with Lafia Emirate Council, Nasarawa state and the nation at large, on this irreparable loss,” Ibe said in the statement.
Meanwhile, we had earlier reported that Alhaji Isa Mustapha Agwai I, had died at the age of 84. His death was confirmed by Alhaji Sule Abubakar, the “Ajiyan-Lafia” in Nasarawa state. According to the senior cabinet member of the emirate, the Emir died on Thursday, January 10, at a Turkish Teaching hospital in Abuja following a protracted illness. He said the Emir was coronated on May 28, 1974 and had recently marked his 44th anniversary on the throne. The late monarch is survived by three wives and two children.