UPDATE: Niger Government declares 3-day mourning for late ex-Governor Kure

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A former Governor of Niger State, Abdulkadir Kure, is dead.

He died on Sunday at a German hospital where he was receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

Mr. Kure would have been 70 years old by February 26 this year.

A friend of the family, resident in Abuja, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES that the two term Niger Governor is dead.

“It is true, he died in Germany, the family has already began making moves to return his body back to Nigeria for funeral rites,” he said.

Mr. Kure was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, under whose platform he served as governor of Niger State from 1999 to 2007.

His wife, Zainab Kure, was a former senator of the federal republic of Nigeria.

He was from Lapai in Niger State.

In a statement by the Niger State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Jonathan Vatsa, in Minna on Sunday night, the state government announced a 3 day mourning for the ex-governor.

It further stated that all flags should be flown at half mast throughout the state during the mourning period.

According to the commissioner, Governor Abubakar Bello has also declared a work free day on the day of the burial of the former governor to enable all Niger residents accord the departed leader a befitting burial.

“Engineer Abdulkadir Abdullahi Kure remains a leader who out of office showed concern for the development of the state. His statesmanship saw him jettisoning party affiliation when he personally intervened in the recent labour crisis in the state,” Mr. Vatsa said.


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  • thusspokez

    According to the commissioner, Governor Abubakar Bello has also declared a work free day on the day of the burial of the former governor to enable all Niger residents accord the departed leader a befitting burial.

    Where does the Niger state government got the powers to declared work-free day without consent from the state assembly?

    Do anyone in Nigeria knows how governments in democracies are run? These politicians don’t seem to have any clue.

    • Otile

      Man, you are fighting a losing battle. The people will welcome any kind of holiday even if it is to honor a dead dog.

  • Bayo Ola

    The witch that is doing Africans is out of this world. Here was a governor who ruled his state for a few years yet, just like many of his coteries of former governors across Nigeria, could not build a single hospital in his state where he could go to treat his ailment. He died at a German hospital. To `compensate“ him for not disrespecting himself by dying among the mumun citizens, the state is declaring a 3 days work free in his honour. A state that needs to work more than 24 hrs a day if possible, is declaring a three days work free mourning period for a man that did not even die there. Would it be possible to put some of these African leaders in a Zoo, so that the rest of the civilised world (excluding the Trump followers in the US, but definitely the Scandinavian voters) can come and watch some African leaders and their show of madness!!

    • CeeCee1818

      You’re too kind Bayo, putting them in a zoo. How about throwing them in the sewage instead!

    • Hussaini Umar Idris

      Bayo I wish u are a better person. I know very well. Are u honest? A person that died needs prayers not condemnation. He was only human. I know Kure as a humble and GOD fearing person. May Allah forgive him and give him JANNATUL firdausi. May God touch bayo’s stone-heart

  • Alex

    May you rot in burning hell Mr ex governor