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Emir of Lafia buried amidst tears

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The 16th Emir of Lafia buried amidst tears in Lafia. The late Isa Mustapha Agwai I was buried on Friday in the Emir’s Palace

He died on Thursday at the age of 84 in Abuja after a protracted illness.

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Emir of Lafia buried amidst tears


The Chief Imam of Lafia, Malam Dalhatu Mohammed Dahiru, conducted the funeral prayer at 3:15 p.m. with families, friends and well-wishers in attendance, NAN reports.

Dignitaries present included Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu as well as traditional and religious leaders within and outside the State.

After the funeral prayer, the body of the deceased was taken to the ancestral home of late Mamman Ari Agwai in Kofar Kaura for burial.

He is survived by two children — Alhaji Musa Isa Mustapha Agwai and Hajiya Hauwa Isa Mustapha Agwai.

The late Emir was born in 1935 at kofar kaura in Lafia town to the family of Muhammad Al-Mustapha Marafa and Hajiya Halimatu.

He was the longest-serving traditional ruler in the emirate council, spending 45 years on the throne as well as a former Chairman of the Nasarawa State Council of Chiefs.

During his early age, the late emir was enrolled into a Quranic school in Kofar Kaura, Lafia, after acquiring some elementary aspects of Islamic knowledge, late Mustapha was admitted into Lafia Elementary School in 1943.

After obtaining his first school leaving certificate from Lafia Elementary School in 1951, the teenage Isa Mustapha Agwai was admitted into Benue Provincial Middle School in Katsina-Ala, the present Benue State.

Having successfully completed his secondary school education in Katsina-Ala in 1958, the late Mustapha later registered at the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1958 and obtained his Diploma certificate in Accountancy 1959.

He joined the service of Lafia Native Authority where he served as assistant treasurer, revenue officer and later paymaster in charge of the entire market of Lafia Native Authority.

After holding several positions within the emirate council, the late Mustapha was appointed Dan Galadiman Lafia and District Head of Obi, which automatically elevated him to earn a full-time membership in the Lafia Native Authority Council.


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144 Comments

  1. Nothing can stop death from happening
    Upon all his position nd wealth still it can’t save his life

  2. May the Emir of Lafia soul rest in peace,But its a life well spent ,he has served his people well.

  3. He achieved quite a lot while alive and hope he left good legacies behind. May Allah grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss. Rest in peace Emir

  4. The Bible said we may live Seventy or Eighty. He died at the age of eighty four. That’s celebration of life. Rest in peace

  5. May your soul rest in peace Emir. May your family be able to bear the loss. This is a great loss for the entire Lafia

  6. This man must be a good person, see how every body is crying, wow it is great, may Allah bless his soul, rest in peace.

  7. May his soul rest in perfect peace and may the Lord grant the family and people of Lafia the fortitude to bear the loss

  8. This testifies to the fact that the Emir is a good and influential man. May his soul rest in peace

  9. hope he left good legacies behind. May Allah grant his family the fortitude to bear the loss. Rest in peace Emir

  10. Rest in peace great Emir. Tears cannot bring him back though sad. I pray the family and loved ones be comforted

  11. What a great lost not only to they people of Lafia but Nigerian at large. May his soul in peace. My heartfelt condolence to his famiy

  12. A leader and not a ruler. Left a good legacy behind. He’ll always be celebrated. May his soul rest in peace.

  13. Innalilahi waina ilayhi rajiun. May his soul rest in peace. May Allah grant him Aljannah Firdaus. He has done well for his people.

  14. He was quite old. It is a reminder to all living that someday, no matter how long, we will leave this earth.

  15. may his soul rest in peace, death is a price we all must pay, and may God forgive his sins and iniquities, death is a mandatory price for humanity, for as long as you live, we all must taste death

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