Northern socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, and Yoruba leaders in the north have described the late Emir of Borgu, Niger State, HRH, Alhaji Haliru Muhammad Dantoro, Nkitoro III, as a patriotic Nigerian and a peace builder.
The duo in separate statements made available to journalists in Kaduna, yesterday, described the death of the emir as a great loss to the nation.
ACF in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim, said “the ACF received with shock and total submission to the will of Allah the death of the Emir of Borgu in Niger State, HRH Alhaji Haliru Muhammad Dantoro, Nkitoro III, who died in Germany on Friday and was buried on November 1, in Borgu in accordance with Islamic rites.
“The late emir combined tradition, modernity and devotion to the progress of his people in the areas of agriculture, education and socio-economic development. He was well known for his patriotism and promotion of peaceful co-existence of Nigerians irrespective of their religion and ethnicity. As a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory during former President Shehu Shagari’s regime, he left an indelible mark in the development of Abuja and would therefore be remembered for his commitment to national service. The north and indeed Nigeria have lost one of its great royal fathers, a bridge builder and a leader who lived a simple and humble life.
“ACF commiserates with the royal family of Borgu Emirate, the government and the good people of Niger State over the passing of HRH Alhaji Haliru Muhammadu Dantoro, Nkitoro III. May Allah (SWT) grant him eternal peace in Aljannah Firdaus, Amin,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, Chairman of Councils of Yoruba Traditional Rulers in the 19 Northern States and Abuja, Ambassador Mohammed Arigbabuwo, described the late emir as a peace builder.
Arigbabuwo in his condolence message said the deceased made Abuja a living place for every Nigerian irrespective of their tribe or religion when he served as Minister of the Federal Capital Territory.

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