Governor Muhammadu Yahaya of Gombe State says he received the news of Alhaji Aliyu Haruna’s demise with profound sadness.
Aged 58, Haruna reportedly passed away on Tuesday in an Egyptian hospital where he was receiving treatment.
Yahaya disclosed this in a statement signed by the Director-General of Press Affairs, Ismaila Misilli, adding that details regarding the funeral prayer would be communicated in due course.
“It is with deep sorrow that we announce the demise of Alhaji Aliyu Usman Haruna, the caretaker chairman of Gombe Local Government Council,” Yahaya said.
While reacting to the sad news, the governor described the death of the chairman as a monumental loss, not only to his family but to the state and Nigeria as a whole.
Yahaya described the deceased as a confidant, honest and loyal associate, making this loss profoundly personal to him.
He noted that the death of the Gombe Local Government Chairman is not just a loss to one community but a loss felt across the entire state.
Yahaya fondly remembered Alhaji Haruna as a humble, humane, and remarkable politician and leader who served the nation diligently in various capacities, leaving an indelible mark on the lives of many.
The governor extended his heartfelt condolences to the immediate family of the deceased, the people of Gombe Local Government, and the entire state.
“Alhaji Aliyu Haruna’s leadership qualities and his commitment to the welfare of his people were evident throughout his services as elected and Caretaker Chairman of Gombe Local Government Council, as well as in many other positions he held.
“As we mourn this huge loss, we pray to Almighty Allah to forgive his shortcomings and reward his good deeds with Aljannat Firdaus,” the statement partly read.
Born on June 2, 1965, Alhaji Aliyu Haruna, popularly known as Ali Ashaka, left behind two wives and sixteen children.