Just in: Emir of Zazzau, Shehu Idris dies at 84

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The Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, is dead.

The Emir was the 18th Emir of Zazzau and the Chairman of the Zazzau Emirate Council died at the age of 84.

The monarch ascended the throne in 1975 at the age of 36.

Alhaji Idris was said to have died at the 44 Military Hospital Kaduna on Sunday.

Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, confirmed the Emir’s death.

While describing Idris’ death as “very sad”, the governor tweeted, “It is with great sadness that I confirm the passing of the father of our state, His Highness Emir of Zazzau, Alh (Dr.) Shehu Idris CFR.

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“He died at the 44 Military Hospital Kaduna today after a brief illness. Janazah prayer in Zaria is scheduled for 5pm.”

Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant on New Media to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), also mourned the late Emir.

Ahmad tweeted, “President Muhammadu Buhari has been notified of the demise of Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji (Dr.) Shehu Idris, who died today at the age of 84 by Governor Mallam Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State.

“The Emir of Zazzau died at the age of 84, he had been on the throne for over 40 years. May Allah forgive all his shortcomings and grant him Jannah al-Firdaus.”

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