Following the demise of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, the government of Kaduna State Government has declared three days of mourning in the state.
This development was disclosed on Monday in a statement made by Mr Muyiwa Adekeye, the Special Adviser to the Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai on Media and Communication.
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According to Adekeye, there would be a public holiday on September 23 to honour the memory of the late Emir. This was after public offices had been allowed to open on September 21 and September 22.
The statement released by the Special Adviser was titled, “Kaduna declares three days mourning for late Emir of Zazzau”.
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It read in part, “The Kaduna State Government has declared three days of mourning for the late Emir of Zazzau, HH Alh. Shehu Idris. Public offices will open as normal on 21 and 22 September 2020.
“There will be a public holiday on 23 September to honour his memory. Flags will fly at half-mast during the mourning period.”
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The Emir, who was the 18th Emir of Zazzau and the Chairman of Zazzau Emirate Council as well as the Kaduna State Emirate Council, passed away on Sunday at the 44 Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna, at the age of 84.
He was coronated the Emir of Zazzau on February 15, 1975, and ruled Zazzau emirate for 45 years, before his death. His remains have since been laid to rest at his palace in Zaria.