Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum and his Predecessor, Kashim Shettima on Thursday, attended the third day prayer for the repose of the soul of Late Emir of Biu, Umar Mustapha Aliyu.
The prayer also had in attendance the Shehu of Borno, His Royal Highness, Abubakar Ibn Umar Garbai, who led dozens of first class emirs and traditional title holders to attend the event.
The Deputy Governor of Borno, Umar Usman Kadafur, and the Chief Of Army Staff, Tukur Yusuf Buratai both of whom hail from Biu were also in attendance.
Other dignitaries included; Senators representing Northern and Southern Borno, Sen. Abubakar Kyari and Sen. Mohammed Ali Ndume, members of the House of Representatives, members of the Borno State House of Assembly, members of the state executive council among others.
Special prayers were offered for the repose of the soul of the late emir.
Umar Mustapha-Aliyu died Tuesday morning at his palace in Biu town, the headquarters of Biu Local Government Area.
Commissioner for Home Affairs, Information and Culture in the state, Babakura Abba-Jato, had confirmed the death in a statement.
Abba-Jato’s said: “Inna lillahi, wa Inna Ilayhi rajiu, (from God we come and unto Him shall we all return). His Royal Highness, the Emir of Biu, Mai Mustafa Umar Aliyu, has answered the call of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala
“The late Emir was appointed in June 1989.
“He died this morning at the age of 80. He will be laid to rest in Biu at 2 pm today according to sources. May his soul rests in peace; Ameen.”
The late emir was born was born on November 9, 1940 in Biu. He attended Kwaya Kusar Primary School between 1947 and 1949 and Biu Central Primary School from 1950 to 1953.
He proceeded to Hausari Primary School in Maiduguri between 1953 and 1955.
He was district head of Biu town from 1975 to 1989 before he later emerged the emir.