A former governor of the defunct Gongola state, Wilberforce Juta is dead.
Juta was reported to have died on Saturday morning, August 15, after a brief illness.
The governor of Adamawa state, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri who confirmed the death of Wilberforce said he received the news with shock and grief.
Fintiri described the ex-governor as an elder statesman and an epitome of humaneness.
The Adamawa governor prayed for God to grant the elder statesman eternal rest.
“I received with shock and grief the news of the passing of former Governor of the defunct Gongola State Ambassador Wilberforce Bafte Juta who died today. Indeed, the elder statesman was an epitome of humaneness and service. May God grant him eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” the governor said in a Facebook post.
Legit.ng recalls that Wilberforce Juta, who was deputy governor of Gongola state from 1979, became governor early in 1983 when his principal, Abubakar Barde, resigned from office.
Juta remained governor till October 1983 when his successor, Alhaji Bamangar Tukur, was elected.
He was Nigeria’s ambassador to Zimbabwe from 2000 to 2004 and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) until his death.
In another news report, the Katsina state governor, Aminu Masari has said attacks by bandits in the state should be blamed on the security chiefs and not on President Muhammadu Buhari.
The governor said the Nigerian president has done all it takes to ensure security in the northern region.
Masari made the statement on Saturday, August 15, during an economic empowerment event in Rimi local government area of the state, Channels TV reported.
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Thursday, August 13, accused some religious clerics of being the driving force of violence in Kaduna state.
The Kaduna state governor disclosed this when Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba, the Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria, led a delegation on a courtesy visit.
According to Daily Trust, the governor noted that clerics use their platforms to divide and incite violence instead of preaching peaceful co-existence.
In another news, the Kano state council of Friday mosque Imams has urged Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to sign the death warrant of 22-year-old Yahaya Sharif-Aminu who was sentenced to death by a sharia court for alleged blasphemy against Prophet Muhammad.
The Nation newspaper, citing the Kano Focus, reported that the council commended the Upper Shari’a court for passing the death sentence on the musician.
Muhammad Nasir Adam, who chairs the council warned Muslims to refrain from supporting any move capable of denting the image of the prophet of Islam, The Nation newspaper reported.