A first class traditional ruler in North-East Nigeria, Shehu of Dikwa, Mohammad Ibn-Masta El-Kanemi, has died.
It was gathered that the Shehu, who was in his mid-70s, died in a private hospital in Abuja, the nation’s capital, after a protracted illness.
Borno State Government confirmed the development in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information, Babakura Abba-Jato, on Saturday.
“Born in 1946 the late Shehu was appointed as the Shehu of Dikwa after the creation of another emirate out of the then Dikwa emirate in 2008,” the statement read in part.
“A season school administrator, civil servant and politician died in a private hospital after a protracted illness.”
The commissioner said that the remains of the deceased was expected in Maiduguri, the state capital, from Abuja.
The late Shehu was survived by wives, children and many relatives.
Abba-Jato said that Governor Babagana Zulum has cut short his official engagements in Southern Borno in honour of the departed monarch.
He added that Zulum prayed to Almighty Allah for the repose of his soul.