Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said the death of the Emir of Borgu in Niger State, Alhaji Haliru Dantoro, had robbed Nigeria of a passionate advocate of peace, unity, religious tolerance and harmonious co-existence among the country’s complex ethnic diversities.
This is as the body of the late Emir was yesterday laid to rest amidst tears at his palace in New Bussa, Borgu Local Government of Niger State.
In a statement released by his media office in Abuja over the weekend to condole with the family and people of Niger State over the death of the Emir, the former vice president noted that the late Haliru Dantoro was one of the greatest traditional rulers “one could ever encounter; and he always came across as a leader preoccupied with the peace, unity and progress of Nigeria.”
According to the Turaki Adamawa, at whatever “age a man dies, what matters is not the length of years on the throne, or on earth, but the enviable legacy he had built for himself while he was privileged to serve his people.”
Atiku said throughout his life on the throne, the late Emir of Borgu had stayed out of controversy, adding that he only preoccupied himself with issues that promoted unity rather than divisiveness in the country.
The former vice president also explained that the late Dantoro’s positive contributions to peace and unity were immeasurable.
According to Atiku, Nigeria would greatly miss such an “outstanding, decent and patriotic traditional ruler.”
He extended his condolences to the family, the government and people of Niger State over the death of the Emir, praying Allah to grant the deceased an eternal bliss in paradise.
Meanwhile, the body the late Emir, Alhaji Haliru Dantoro, was yesterday interred in his palace after a congressional prayer led by chief Imam of New Bussa, Alhaji Ahmed Shehu.
President Muhammadu Buhari and the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Senator Bola Tinubu, governors of Niger and Kebbi, members of the national and state assemblies, traditional rulers from across the country, as well as business community led by Alhaji Aminu Dantata and Colonel Sani Bello attended the short but historic burial ceremony.
The president later took time out to condole with the family after the burial.
The body of the Emir of Borgu contained in a brown mahogany casket arrived in Arilk Air 5N-JEA which landed in the Nigeria Air Force Base, Kanji, at about 11 am and was removed from the plane at about 11:20am into the waiting arms of the Niger State governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello.
The body was placed in an ambulance and taken in a motorcade to the Emir’s palace in New Bussa.

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