Thousands of sympathizers 'jam body' to pay last respect to late Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
Thousands of sympathizers attended the funeral prayers of the late Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris at his palace in Zaria Kaduna State and as usual with personalities from Northern Nigeria, there was no instance of social distancing or compliance with Covid-19 rules of the Federal Government.
Amid tears, the remains of the late Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, age 84 who died on Sunday, was laid to rest in the ’emir’s palace’ of the ancient city of Zaria, Kaduna State beside past monarchs (emirs) from the Zazzau Emirate Council.
The funeral prayers were led by the Chief Imam of the Zazzau Emirate Council, Alhaji Dalhatu Kasimu, in the palace at 5:35 pm in accordance with Islamic rites.
In attendance were the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasiru El-Rufa’i, Secretary to the State Government Balarabe Lawal-Abbas, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Yusuf Zailani, and other top government dignitaries.
The Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, led the federal government delegation that included the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika; Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, head of military and paramilitarybodies among others.
Hundreds of residents thronged the palace amid tears to catch a final glimpse of the remains of the monarch which arrived at the palace from Kaduna about 2.45pm.
The late Emir died on Sunday at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital in Kaduna after a brief illness.