Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has described the late Emir of Dutse, HRH Dr. Nuhu Muhammad-Sanusi, as a great Nigerian, who believed in the country, served his people and humanity very well.
Prof. Osinbajo stated this on Saturday in Dutse, Jigawa, when he paid a condolence visit to the Emir’s palace and to the family of the late monarch, who died on January 30 at the age of 78.
The Vice President said the late Emir deserves to be celebrated for the positive impact he made in the society.
In Dutse, while expressing his personal condolences, and also on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government, to the late monarch’s family, the emirate, people and government of Jigawa State, the VP noted that the late Muhammad-Sanusi was a dear friend and father figure, who could be described as an institution.
Referencing the quote by President Buhari on the royal father, Prof. Osinbajo said the death of the late monarch was “not just a loss to the Emirate or to this State, but a great loss to Nigeria, our country.”
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“I would like to express my sincere condolence today on the loss of a great Nigerian. He believed in this country and also wanted the advancement of this emirate, and also of the country.
“I want to say that he has made an impact, and all of us who are associated with him are very glad about what he achieved in the years that he lived here,” Prof. Osinbajo stated in Jigawa.
Continuing, the VP said, “I had a personal affinity with him and very frequently interacted with him, not just when I came here, but over time when I was able to speak to him. And he was always a man who showed tremendous wisdom. Aside from the fact that he had written many books, including his own autobiography, he was a man who wanted to share his knowledge and experience with so many as much as he can.
“This is why I decided I must personally come, out of respect for him and for the memories that we have shared, and pay my respect.
In his remarks on behalf of the Jigawa State Council of Emirs, the emirate council, and other traditional rulers in and around the State who received the VP at the Emir’s palace, the Emir of Gaya, HRM Aliyu Ibrahim Gaya, thanked the Vice President and his entourage for the visit.
“Mr. Vice President, we really appreciate your condolences. We really appreciate your visit, we thank the Federal Government of Nigeria… this is the time we need him the most, but Allah took him away. And like everybody knows, Allah doesn’t make mistakes,” he said.
The VP then made a stop at the late Emir’s personal residence to condole with members of the family.