Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has expressed deep shock over the death of the Ohi-Ekura of Ebiraland, Engr Sule Aliu.
The Royal Father, who is also the President, Supreme Council of Ebiraland died at the age of 79.
Governor Bello in a statement issued on Thursday by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed, described the death of the Royal Father as a big loss to the Central Senatorial District and Kogi State as a whole.
He described the late Royal Father as a father, mentor and role model, from whom he had learnt immensely from while growing up.
According to him, the late Ohi would be greatly missed for his wealth of knowledge and fatherly counsels that had engendered peace and unity in his domain and by extension, Ebiraland.
The governor, while commiserating with the immediate family of the deceased, the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland and the people of the Central Senatorial District, prayed the Almighty Allah to grant the soul of the deceased aljanna firdaus.
Also, the State Commissioner for Works, Engr. Abubakar Ohere, expressed deep sadness over the passing of the elder statesman whom he described as a political icon, father and mentor.
Ohere, in a statement, said the death of Engr Sule is a huge loss to Ebiraland and Kogi state.
“The whole of Kogi state has suffered a huge loss with the death of Alh. Aliyu Sule, the Ohi – Ekura of Ebiraland, who ranks as one of the most illustrious sons of Ebiraland.
“We have lost a leader, a father, a mentor and a political icon from Kogi Central Senatorial District. Alh. Sule rose to the occasion when it mattered most, to defend the interest of Kogi state and her people. He attracted development to Ebiraland and groomed several Ebira sons and daughters who are now active players in the state’s political space.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss, more so at a time like this, when Kogi State needs his wisdom and guidance,” Ohere said.
He condoled with Gov. Yahaya Bello and Kogi State Accountant General, Hon. Momoh Jibril over the demise of Engr Sule.
In the same vein, the Chairman of Okene Local Government, Engr. Abdulrazaq Muhammad described the death of Engr Sule as a painful end of an era.
In a statement issued in Okene on Thursday, Abdulrazaq recalled the significant roles played by the late elder statesman in maintaining peace within the state.
“The late Engr. Sule has, over the years, availed the younger generations his wealth of experience in public service, peace and developmental politics. He had offered useful advices to both the state and local governments,” he said.
Hon. Abdulrazaq condoled with his immediate family, the State Accountant-General, the people of Okengwe district and Kogi State Government on the painful and irreplaceable loss of an icon.
Engr. Sule Aliu was a veteran politician, a successful business man, a community leader, a disciplinarian and a peace maker.