Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has expressed shock and sadness at the death of Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, describing him as sustainer of peace and development of the Zazzau Emirate.
Alhaji Shehu Idris, the Chairman of Kaduna state Traditional Council, died on Sunday at the 44 Nigeria Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna at the age of 84 after a brief illness. He spent 45 years on the throne after he was turbaned in February 1975.
A statement signed by the ACF National Publicity Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Yawe and made available to Blueprint in Kaduna said, “the Arewa Consultative Forum has received with shock and sadness news of the death of Alhaji Shehu Idris, the Emir of Zauzau at the age of 84.
“Until his death, he was one of the oldest and highest ranking traditional rulers not only in the North but the whole of Nigeria. He was the 18th Emir to rule over the Emirate and in February this year celebrated his 45th year on the throne.
“He ruled his Emirate through a period of rapid political, economic, social changes but never lost his focus on his primary responsibility – the maintenance of peace and progress in his Emirate.
“The Arewa Consultative Forum condoles with his immediate family, the Zazzau Emirate and the Kaduna state government over this tragic and untimely loss. The Forum will miss his fatherly advice on all issues that were tabled before him.”