Buhari, north mourn as first-class traditional ruler dies

President  Muhammadu 

President Muhammadu Buhari, late Thursday, August 1, joined in mourning the death of a first-class monarch in the north, Danjuma Stephen Bayonga, the Gara Donna, Taraba state.

Banyonga reportedly died in a hospital in Abuja and the incident was confirmed by the chairman of Donga local government area, Nashuka Musa Donga.

 In his condolence message to the Taraba state government and the family of the deceased monarch, President Buhari described the late 81-year-old traditional ruler and retired policeman as a person devoted to the improvement of the welfare of people in his domain

The president lamented that Nigeria has also “lost an advocate of peace.” In a statement by Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson, Buhari said the Gara Donga, as a businessman, founding member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and one of the respected leaders in old Gongola state before he went home following the creation of Taraba, was “committed not only to the peace, unity and development of his domain and State, but also the entire country.”

 He enjoined the family of the traditional ruler, his friends, associates and the people of Taraba state to take solace in the knowledge that the monarch lived an exemplary life which deserves to be emulated.

The president prayed that God should comfort all those who mourn the departed and grant his soul rest.