By; Bala B. Bitrus, Minna.
Niger state Government is to be fully involved in the burial of Engr. Abdulkadir Abdullahi Kure, the former Governor of the state who passed away last Sunday in a German hospital where he was on admission.
The state government had for a start declared a three day mourning period even as all public buildings with national flags are to hang at half mast.
Since the news of the demise of the former Governor streamed into the state, the state has continued to play host to hundreds of sympathisers on condolence visits whilst the residence of the late politician has been receiving torrents of mourners and sympathisers on condolence mission from far and near places.
Government owned guests houses have been receiving visitors even as many government lodges are already filled with guests who have come and are waiting for the burial.
Kure was the 12th Governor of Niger State who governed the state for eight years between 1999 and 2007. A civil Engineer turned politician, Kure’s administration was remarkable in several respects.
The two indigeneous former Military Heads of State have separately registered their condolences, shock and grieve over the sudden death of the former Governor.
Traditional rulers, politicians, technocrats and persons from all walks of life including organisations, corporate bodies and institutions have been coming to pay their condolences even when the corps is yet to arrived Nigeria from Germany.
Meanwhile, earlier arrangements for the burial of the remains of the former Governor have been altered as the state government on Monday waded in.
The state government said it has sent a two-man delegation led by the immediate past Deputy Governor of the state, Hon. Ahmed Ibeto to join the family of the deceased in bringing the remains of the former Governor back to Nigeria.
The immediate past Deputy Governor, Hon. Ahmed Ibeto and a member House of Representatives, representing Chanchaga/Bosso federal constituency, Umar Bago have left the country for Germany to convey the remains of Kure back to Niger state.
Late Governor Kure was a rallying point to most politicians. He was a bridge builder and consumate politician who made several people by placing them in vantage positions.