The Sarkin Hausawa of Ibadanland, Alhaji Ahmed Zungeru, has been reported dead.
Zungeru’s death was confirmed in a condolence message by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State who described the sad development as a huge and personal loss to him and the people of the state, Naija News reports.
Makinde, in a statement issued in Ibadan, the state capital on Monday through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, said the late Sarkin Hausawa was a detribalised Nigerian that would be sorely missed.
According to the governor, Zungeru was like a father to him since their paths crossed some years ago. The statement further quoted the governor as saying that the late deceased was an individual who believed in a united country.
The condolence message read partly: “I commiserate with the families of the Sarkin Hausawa of Ibadanland, Alhaji Ahmed Dahiru Zungeru, over his demise.
“I met Alhaji Zungeru many years back and we struck and maintained a relationship that has remained cordial.
“I also interacted with him in the course of my aspiration to govern Oyo State and he was quite supportive.
“He was a detribalised Nigerian who believed and worked for the unity and progress of Oyo State and Nigeria as a leader of his people.”
Governor Makinde further stressed that Zungeru’s death was a huge loss, adding that his wealth of experience and patriotic tendencies were always available to draw on.
He prayed that the Almighty God would grant his (Zungeru) immediate family and all the people of Oyo State the fortitude to bear this loss.
Naija News understands that Zungeru’s death is coming barely a week after Dr Danjuma Barde, the traditional ruler of Chikun in Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State was reported dead.
It was said that the first-class traditional ruler died at the Nigerian Army 44 Hospital in Kaduna after battling an undisclosed ailment.
Source: Naija News