Engr Abdulkadir Kure, a former Governor of Niger State died in a German hospital yesterday evening after he was flown to the country for a liver related ailment. He died at the age of 61 years. He died in company of his wife who was in the hospital with him.
His death however made the Niger State government to declare three days state-wide mourning for the statesman.
In their separate reactions to the news of Kure’s death, former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (retd); Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and the immediate-past governor of Niger State, Dr Babangida Aliyu, commiserated with the deceased’s family, the government and people of the state and the political class on the sudden passing on of the late former governor.
Chief press secretary to the late Kure, Mahmud Abdullahi, in a statement yesterday in Minna, disclosed that the former governor died at about 5pm local time in the German hospital where he had been receiving treatment for about three weeks.
The statement indicated that his wife, Senator Zaynab Kure, was with him in Germany when he died.
It further indicated that the details of the burial rites would be made public as soon as other arrangements are concluded and urged the people to join the family in offering prayers for the repose of the soul of the deceased former governor.
A source close to the family told newsmen that the former governor was responding to treatment and had spoken with some people even on Saturday from Germany.
It was learnt that his condition changed yesterday morning before he later gave up the ghost at about 5pm.