The Emir of Dutse in Jigawa State, Dr Nuhu Muhammad Sunusi II, has died at the age of 78.
Sunusi died on Tuesday after a protracted illness at a hospital in Abuja.
The state Commissioner for Special Duties, Auwalu Daladi Sankara, confirmed the death in a statement in Dutse.
He said that Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar had condoled the family members and people of the state over the loss.
Abubakar described the late emir as a true leader and a respected figure in the community, who was known for his wisdom, compassion and dedication to the wellbeing of his people.
The governor also recognised the emir’s contributions to the growth and development of Dutse and his positive impact on the community.
“The death of the emir has been met with sadness and mourning in the community and across the state,” the governor said.
Abubakar prayed Allah to comfort the bereaved family and loved ones during this difficult time, adding that his legacies would live on through the countless lives he touched.
Meanwhile, the Jigawa government announced that the funeral prayer of the late emir would hold on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Dutse Central Prayer Ground.
Born on Dec 27, 1944, Sanusi was installed the third Emir of Dutse in 1995 after the demise of his father, Muhammad Sanusi.