By Bode Olushegun
Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum on Wednesday arrived in Biu to pay a condolence visit on the death of the Emir of Biu, Umar Mustapha Aliyu.
Aliyu died on Tuesday and had since been buried in accordance with Islamic rites and injuctions.
The governor, who was earlier scheduled to attend the burial of the late monarch, on Tuesday, had to abort the trip due to bad weather.
The deputy governor, Umar Kadafur, an indigene of Biu was left to head the delegation from the state government to the burial of the revered late ruler.
Zulum departed Maiduguri early Wednesday in the company of the Senator representing Southern Borno, Ali Ndume, State APC Chairman, Ali Bukar Dalori, few members of the state executive council who hail from the southern part of Borno State, among others.
Zulum described the late emir as a person of proven integrity and a first class traditional ruler who ruled with absolute honesty and fear of Almighty Allah.
The Governor said the loss was a huge one not only to people of Biu but also the entire state.
He explained that throughout his reign, the royal father had played key role in promoting peace and unity in his dormain.
Appointed June 1989 as the 28th Emir of Biu, the late Umar Mustapha died on Tuesday at the age of 79, five months shy of 80.
The late emir was born on the 9th of November 1940 in Biu, and worked with the public service before ascending the throne in 1989.
He left behind four wives, dozens of children, and over 200 grandchildren.