The remains of the late former governor of Niger State, Engr Abdulkadir Kure, were yesterday laid to rest in Minna, the state capital, in line with Islamic rites, with an unprecedented crowd from within and outside the state witnessing the burial.
Kure who was governor of the state between 1999 and 2007, died in Germany on Sunday. He was aged 61.
The burial was conducted amidst tears from youths, women and thousands of sympathisers who gathered to eulogise the late Engr Kure who, they all said, was a God-fearing man who touched the lives of the less-privileged in the society.
LEADERSHIP reports that traffic to the Minna Eid Praying Ground where the Jana’iza (burial prayer) took place was tight as people tried to get to the praying ground to pay their last respects and also offer prayers for the deceased. The Eid Praying Ground was filled to capacity with security agents trying to control the crowd of both Muslim and Christian sympathisers while the Chief Imam of Minna, Ibrahim Abu Fari, conducted the prayers that barely lasted three minutes before the body was taken to his residence at GRA Minna for final burial.
Niger State governor, Alhaji Sani Bello, and his Sokoto State counterpart, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, led dignitaries, including the deceased’s fellow former governors and top politicians, to the burial.
The Chief Imam of Minna also conducted a Fidau prayer (special prayer) after the afternoon prayers at the Minna Central Mosque, with clerics extolling the virtues of the late former governor and praying to Allah (SWT) to forgive him his sins and grant him eternal rest.