The Minister of State for FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu has described the late Maigari of Lokoja Dr. Mohammodu Kabir Maikarfi III as a great patriot and unifier who ruled the people of Lokoja Emirate for decades with commendable wisdom, benevolence and an uncommon dedication to duty.
Dr Ramatu Aliyu gave the commendation on Sunday in Lokoja during the 40th days prayer of the late first class monarch.
While commiserating with the government and people of Kogi State on the death of their illustrious traditional ruler, the Minister , said that the late Muhammodu Kabir Maikarfi III would long be remembered and honoured for his notable contributions to the development of his community, state and the country at large.
“The late monarch was a father with whom I shared the vision of a peaceful, politically stable, united, progressive and prosperous Nigeria to which every citizen will be proud to belong” she said
The Minister said that she would forever treasure the memories of the late Maigari as a great patriot, indefatigable unifier and bridge-builder.
“The late Monarch had lived a life of service and offered counsel and fatherly guidance for the peace, unity, growth and development of the state in particular and Nigeria in general during the thirty years of his reign as Maigari of Lokoja,’’ Dr.Aliyu wrote in the register.
Speaking further she said “Maigari did his utmost best as a traditional ruler to strengthen the bonds that bind Nigerians together in the interest of national peace, harmony and progress”
The Forty-Day prayer session, which was led by the Chief Imam of Lokoja, Sheikh Muhammed Aminu Shaban, was attended by the Ohimegye-Igu of Koton-Karfe Kingdom, HRM Alhaji Abdulrazak Gambo Sani Isah-Koto, the Sardauna of Kakanda, Alhaji Tijjani Ahmad Aliyu and all the Hakimis.
Others at the event include top politicians, federal and state government functionaries as well as friends and relatives of the late Maigari, who died at the age of 81 years.