Niger State Government has announced the death of a former Governor of the State, Engr Abdulkadir Abdullahi Kure.
Kure, a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), was 61.
The state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon. Jonathan Tsado Vatsa, who announced the demise of the former governor in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen Sunday night, said Engr Kure died Sunday evening after a brief illness in a hospital in Germany.
In the statement, the Information Commissioner informed that the state government had declared a three days of statewide mourning in honour of late former governor.
The statement further directed that all flags should be at half mast throughout the mourning period across Niger State.
According to the Commissioner, the state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, had also declared a work free day on the day of the burial of the former governor to enable all Nigerlites accord the departed leader a befitting burial.
The statement expressed that the government would miss the wise counsel of the former governor, who despite political differences never failed to offer meaningful advice to the government.
The intervention of the former governor during the recent labour crisis in the state, according to the statement, was not only legendary but showed him as an elder statesman, whose main concern was for the good, progress and unity of the state.
“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,” the statement concluded.