Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu has chided those reported to have celebrated the death of Kaduna State Governor Patrick Yakowa, describing them as “inhuman”.
Yakowa died in Saturday’s helicopter crash in Bayelsa State alongside former National Security Adviser Andrew Azazi and four others.
Aliyu made the remark while receiving the Speaker of Niger House of Assembly, Alhaji Adamu Usman, who led other members of the Assembly to pay a condolence visit on him.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the visit on Aliyu was because his position as chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum.
He said, “No matter the religion one professes, the simple tenet is that we should sympathise with the dead and the bereaved and pray for the repose of the soul of the departed whose death is a colossal loss.”
He described as “unreligious and inhuman” the Nigerians reported to have through the social media rejoiced over the death of the former governor.
The governor said, “Immediately we start praying for our leaders to die, then we are asking that the whole society should die. We must pray for our leaders. We must go back to our faith and practise our religion as demanded by the almighty Allah.
“We must talk to our children. We must be involved in the moral and religious education of our children. This development shows that we are failing in the duty to train our children.”
He described Yakowa as a bridge-builder, who brought Muslims and Christians in Kaduna State together, saying the late governor provided peace and tranquillity.
Meanwhile, the Conference of Islamic Organisations has lamented the death of Yakowa and Azazi.
The group made this known in a statement by its Coordinator, Imam Abdullahi Shuaib, and Convener, Sheikh AbdurRahman Ahmad, on Thursday.
The group said, “Indeed and in truth, the nation has lost some of its finest patriots, gentlemen, peacemakers and bridge builders at a time the Country needed their services most in moving it forward.”