By; SAMSON YAKI, Lafia
Governor Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has described the death of his predecessor, Alhaji Aliyu Akwe-Doma, as a personal loss as he grieves over the demise of the former number one man of the state.
Al-Makura who was among the many dignitaries that paid the deceased last respect, calls the late Akwe-Doma an advocate of peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance .
The governor expressed his feelings in an interview with newsmen shortly after the burial ceremony of the ex-governor in Doma, Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa state on Sunday.
Al-Makura described the deceased as a ‘galvanizer’ of self-reliance, an advocate of peaceful coexistence and religious tolerance, adding that the loss of Akwe-Doma was a personal one, given their close relationship.
“He was the second civilian governor of Nasarawa state who worked tirelessly for four years to galvanize the people towards self-reliance, progress and peaceful coexistence.
“I consider this a very huge personal loss, given my relationship and affinity with him.
“Despite the fact that l stood and won an election against the late politician, our relationship was close and cordial.
“We shared ideas and listened to each other on matters of public interest, especially with regards to Nasarawa state,’’ he said.
Late Doma who died on March 6 at an Israeli hospital was age 75 years.
Some of the dignitaries who were at burial include Al-Makura, his deputy, Silas Agara, members of his executive council and the first democratically elected governor of the state, Sen Abdullahi Adamu, Mike Abdul, the deceased’s deputy and Paulen Tallen, a former deputy governor of Plateau.
Also in attendance were Sen. Walil Jibrin, Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Andoma of Doma, Alhaji Ahmadu Aliyu-Ogar, members of Nasarawa state House of Assembly.
Others include Labaran Maku, one time deputy governor in the state and former Minister of Information, Emir of Lafia, Dr Isa Mustapha-Agwai, the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, Alhaji Aliyu Wadada, former member, House of Representatives, Sen Suleiman Adokwe and other traditional rulers in the state attended the burial ceremony.
Late Aliyu Akwe Doma was born on September 1, 1942 in Doma Local Government Area of Nasarawa State and was the governor of the state between 2007 and 2011.