Leke Abejide, the member representing Yagba Federal Constituency in Kogi State in the National Assembly, has stated that the death of His Royal Highness Alhaji (Dr) Muhammad Kabir Maikarfi III, OON, Maigari of Lokoja, is a loss not only to the people of the state but to the nation at large.
The lawmaker described the royal father, who died on Wednesday at the age of 80 after a brief illness, as a father to the nation and a lover of his people in Kogi State, having served as one of the state’s outstanding paramount rulers.
While expressing his condolences to the royal family and the people of the state, Leke noted that the Maigari was a man of peace that played a key role in the unification of the people as the ruler of the state’s capital city, adding that he left good legacies.
He also stated in his condolence message, which was made public on Thursday, that his constituents are saddened by the death of the traditional ruler and that he will be greatly missed by the people.
He did, however, say that the state should take solace in the fact that the Maigari’s death was as it is appointed unto every man by God Almighty.
He prayed to God for eternal rest of the traditional ruler, assuring the people of Lokoja that he would remember them in his prayers and future programs.
Hon. Abejide used the avenue to condole with the people of Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi State over the devastating fire disaster on Wednesday at Ankpa. He expressed shock over the incident and prayed Almighty God will grant all the departed peaceful rest and wish those in the hospital a quick recovery.
Elder Abejide empathize with His Excellency the Executive Governor Kogi State over the flood incidents that have brought untold hardship to the people of Bassa, Omala, Kogi K.K, Ibaji, Idah and Lokoja Local Government Areas. He described the natural disaster as unfortunate and expressed his determination to send in palliatives to the affected families in the State to assist them at this trying period.
Elder Abejide drew the attention of NEMA, all other relevant agencies and well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aide of the victims of the flood in Kogi State, describing the situation as National Emergency.