Gombe state governor, Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has received with sadness, the news of the demise of the Emir of Biu, Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu, who died Monday at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe.
This was contained in a condolence message made available to newsmen in Gombe by the senior special assistant to the governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Samaila Uba Misilli, Tuesday.
The governor said the demise of the first class traditional ruler, especially at this time, is a great loss not only to the Biu emirate of Borno state but the country as a whole.
He described the monarch as an exemplary leader and a man of peace who, throughout his reign, was known for preaching and promoting unity and harmony among the diverse peoples of his domain, the state and the nation at large.
The Gombe governor consoled the bereaved to take solace in the fact that the late emir left behind legacies of honour, dignity and selfless service, urging them to uphold and sustain same.
The governor, on behalf of the government and people of Gombe state, extended his heartfelt condolences to his Borno state counterpart, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, members of Biu royal family as well as government and people of the state over the great loss, praying Almighty Allah to grant the deceased monarch Aljannat Firdaus and comfort those he left behind.