The Speaker, Kaduna State House of Assembly, Alhaji Yusuf Zailani, has mourned the demise of his royal highness, Dr Danjuma Barde.

Naija News reported earlier that the Etsu Chikun of Kaduna, who is popularly known as SA Gbagyi died in the early hours of Wednesday, July 21 after battling an undisclosed ailment.

It was said that the first-class traditional ruler died at the Nigerian Army 44 Hospital in Kaduna.

Confirming the death of the monarch, the President of the Gbagyi Development Association (GDA), Peter Aboki, said that the traditional ruler died on Wednesday.

“Yes we lost our traditional ruler, he has been having some health challenges. He died in the early hours of today, at 44, Army hospital,” Aboki said.

Zailani in a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Ibrahim Danfulani, and made available to journalists in Kaduna, expressed deep sadness over the death of Barde.

He said: “I am deeply saddened by the demise of the Etsu Chikun, who provided exemplary leadership and worked with dedication, to promote integration among the diverse population of the chiefdom,”

Naija News reports that Zailani also visited the late Etsu’s palace and consoled the traditional council, family of the deceased, friends, the government and people of Kaduna State.

He said that the elevation of Dr Barde to the first-class status was announced in November 2018, in recognition of his contributions to peace and harmony in the State.

“He was once a member of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, during former Governor Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi’s administration,” the statement added.

Zailani prayed for the repose of his soul and that the good Lord grants him eternal rest.

This article was originally published on Nigeria News

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