Kaduna declares three days public holiday to mourn Emir

The Emir of Zazzau in Kaduna State who passed away on Sunday and public holidays was declared in his honout
Tochi Juliet

The Kaduna State Government has declared three days mourning for the late Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.

The Emir of Zazzau passed away on Sunday at the age of 84. The monarch spent 45 years on the throne having ascended to the throne in 1975 at the age of 36.

Mr Idris died at Army 44 Reference Hospital in Kaduna after a short admission, according to palace sources.

As a means of paying homage to the late Emir, the Special Adviser to the Governor Nasir el-Rufai on Media and Communication, Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, announced in a statement on Monday that the people of Kaduna state will observe a three days holiday in his honour.

The statement was titled, “Kaduna declares three days mourning for late Emir of Zazzau”.

It reads, “The Kaduna State Government has declared three days of mourning for the late Emir of Zazzau, HH Alh. Shehu Idris. Public offices will open as normal on 21 and 22 September 2020.

"There will be a public holiday on 23 September to honour his memory. Flags will fly at half-mast during the mourning period.”

MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, in a statement, also commiserated with the head of the Nigerian Muslim community, the Sultan of Sokoto and the good people of Zaria over the death.

“The news of the passing away of the Emir of Zazzau is saddening. Our sympathy also goes to the Zazzau Emirate Council, particularly the Yariman Zazzau, Alhaji Munir Ja‘afar and the good people of Zaria."

Shehu Idris was the 18th Emir of Zazzau and the Chairman of Zazzau Emirate Council as well as the Kaduna State Emirate Council.

The remains of the monarch have been laid to rest at his palace in Zaria.

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