Leader of the reformed People’s Democratic Party (r-PDP) in Adamawa State, Dr. Umar Ardo, and the entire membership of the group have expressed deep shock over the death of the Paramount traditional ruler of Bachama kingdom, HRM Honest Irmiya Stephen, Kwire-Mana Kpafrato II.
The traditional ruler who died in the early hours of Sunday at the age of 66 was interned at Lamurde, the spiritual headquarters of the Bwatiye nation according to traditional rites.
Ardo in a condolence letter signed on behalf of his teeming membership of r-PDP noted that the footprints and legacies left behind by the traditional ruler will remain indelible in the sands of time.
“His Royal Majesty was a great Nigerian patriot who served this great country diligently and meritoriously as a gentleman military officer and as the Homun Bachama Kingdom.
“He no doubt left indelible marks both in the military and the Nigerian traditional institution. In all capacities, he was a pride to our state and to our people.
“He died at a time when his services are most needed. No words can express our sense of loss. We all simply lost a rare gem. May God Almighty repose his soul and grant his immediate family, the people of Bachama Kingdom and the government and people of Adamawa state the fortitude to bear this irreparable and irreplaceable loss. Amen,” Ardo said.
Similarly the first class Emirs and Chiefs in the state have condoled with the deputy governor, Chief Crowther Seth and the entire Bachama Kingdom over the death of the traditional ruler.
The Emirs include; Hama Batta, Amna Shelleng, Kwandi Nuguraya, acting Murum Mbula and Gangwari Ganye.
Condoling the mourners in Lamurde yesterday on behalf of other emirs, the Gwagwari Ganye Alhaji Umaru Sanda expressed shock over the development describing the late monarch as a peace loving person who lived life worthy of emulation.
The Brigade commander of the 23rd Armour Brigade Yola, Brigadier General Sani Muhammad Gambo and state commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Adamawa state command, Nurudeen Abdullahi also condoled with the Bachama Kingdom over the death of the traditional ruler.