President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed shock over the death of Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Isah Mustapha Agwai today, Thursday, in Abuja after a protracted illness.
In a condolence message by the senior special assistant on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, the President said that in the course of his remarkable 44 years on the throne, Alhaji Agwai was devoted to championing inter-religious harmony, tolerance, peace building and conflict prevention as well as promoting the role of education in nation building.
The President expressed sympathy to Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, the Lafia Emirate Council, the people of Lafia and Nasarawa State on the death of the Emir who he described as a highly respected monarch.
He also commiserated with the Nasarawa State Council of Emirs and Chiefs as well as the state branch of Jama’tul Nasril Islam (JNI), which he chaired.
The Emir, who was chairman Nasarawa State Traditional Council of Chiefs, died at the aged 84. The deceased, who was born on March 14, 1934, ascended the throne in 1974.
It was gathered that the late emir had been sick for over four months before he was flown abroad for medical attention.
He was later brought back to Nigeria and later died in Abuja at a private hospital.