President of the Senate, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has expressed sadness over the death of a foremost traditional ruler in Kwara State, the Etsu Patigi, Alhaji Umar Chatta Ibrahim.
Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, described the late royal father as a man of peace whose reign witnessed monumental development in his domain in particular and Kwara State, in general.
“Alhaji Umar Chatta Ibrahim was an older friend and an ardent supporter. I will personally miss his advise and fatherly disposition. He was always an apostle of peace and good relationship between the various peoples and areas in our dear state. He shall be dearly missed.
“The last time I saw him was during the electioneering campaigns, he was lively and articulate about the hopes and aspirations of the people of Patigi, in particular, and the Kwara North Senatorial District in general. As usual, one saw a traditional ruler who tirelessly canvassed the interest of his people. One never realized it was the last meeting we had that day”, Saraki stated.
In the same vein,the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has described as a huge shock and a monumental loss the death of the Emir
of Patigi, Alhaji Ibrahim Chatta Umar.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, the Minister condoled with the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, the government and people of Kwara and, in particular, the people of Patigi over the loss.
He described the late Emir, who was the Vice Chairman of the State’s Traditional Council, as a man of peace, a great custodian of his people’s culture and a father to all, saying his wise counsel and leadership will be greatly missed, especially at this critical time in the history of Kwara State.
Alhaji Mohammed said his last meeting with the Emir, during the burial of the father of Olofa of Offa, left him with a good memory of the departed monarch.
He prayed that God will grant the late Emir Al-Jannah Firdaus and comfort the people he left behind.
Saraki has commiserated with the immediate family of the deceased, Patigi community, the Etsu in Council, Kwara State Traditional Council and the people and government of Kwara State over the irreparable loss.
He prayed Allah to grant the soul of the departed royal father a place among the righteous ones in Aljannah Firdaus and his loved ones, the fortitude to bear the loss.