By Aminu Ahmed Garko
The former Governor of Niger state, Abdulkadir Kure, was buried on Wednesday in Minna, at a ceremony attended by many political bigwigs across the divide.
Kure died on Sunday, Jan. 8, in a private hospital in Germany at the age of 60 years.
The burial prayer was led by Chief Imam of Minna Central Mosque, Sheikh Isa Fari.
NAN reports that due to the large crowd, the body of late Kure could not be brought out of the ambulance as the funeral prayer was conducted.
The funeral was attended by Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger, former Head of State Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, DIG Shuaibu Gambo, Emir of Bida, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, Emir of Lapai, Alhaji Umar Bago, Emir of Minna, Nuhu Bahago and the Emir of Suleja, Alhaji Auwal Ibrahim.
Also at the funeral were the Speaker, Niger House of Assembly, members of the Niger state executive council, National Assembly members, top government officials, as well as politicians.
Former Governor of Niger, Babangida Aliyu, Sheikh Ahmed Lemu, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, Sen. David Mark, and former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim were also at the funeral, among others.
In his tribute, Gov. Bello said the people would continue to be proud of the deceased’s contributions to the development of the state and the country in general.
He said the deceased had offered useful advice to the government and people of Niger on how to move the state forward.
The governor added that “we share things in common èven though we belong to different political parties because he has the interest of Niger at heart.
“He was honest, humble, committed, sincere and complete gentleman and ever
willing to help his country, state and community when he held various public offices.
“We will continue to pray for the deceased for his tremendous contributions to the socio-economic and political development of our state.”
Late Kure left behind one wife and six children.