The Emir of Lafia and Chairman of Nasarawa State traditional council of chiefs, Isa Mustapha Agwai I, has died at the age of 84.
The Ajiyan-Lafia, Sule Abubakar, confirmed the death of the first class emir to newsmen on Thursday in Lafia.
According to the senior cabinet member of the emirate, the Emir died on Thursday at a Turkish Teaching hospital in Abuja following a protracted illness.
He said the Emir was coronated on May 28, 1974, and recently marked his 44th anniversary on the throne.
The late monarch is survived by three wives and two children.
President Muhammadu Buhari who received with profound sadness news of the passing of the Emir of Lafia, Alhaji Isah Mustapha Agwai I.
On behalf of the Federal Government, the President extends heartfelt commiserations to Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, the Lafia Emirate Council, the people of Lafia and Nasarawa State on the passage of the highly respected monarch who ascended the throne of his ancestors in 1974.
The President assures them of the fullest sympathy of the Federal Government as they mourn the chairman of the Nasarawa State Council of Emirs and Chiefs and state chairman of Jama’tul Nasril Islam (JNI), who will be fondly remembered for his exemplary leadership and tireless efforts at improving the lives of his people.
In the course of his remarkable 44 years on the throne, President Buhari affirms that Alhaji Agwai’s devoted himself to championing inter-religious harmony, tolerance, peacebuilding and conflict prevention as well as promoting the role of education in nation building.
As the remains of the late Emir is buried on Friday, the President prays Allah to receive the monarch’s soul and grant him peaceful repose.
He also prays that Allah will grant the people of Lafia a worthy successor.