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Gombe monarch dies after inaugurating N250m Mosque

The Emir of Funakaye in Gombe State, Alhaji Mu’azu Muhammad Kwairanga, has died after unveiling a multimillion naira mosque in the state.

Religion Nigeria reported that the state government on Friday unveiled the newly constructed N250m Kaltungo Central Mosque in Kaltungo LGA of the state.

He also held a meeting with officials of the Funakaye branch of the Jama’atul Izalatul Bidi’a Wa Ikamatis Sunnah at the palace until Magrib prayer, which he observed in congregation at the palace Mosque.

According to Daily Trust, Kwairanga also attended the flag-off of the distribution of food items to vulnerable groups by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Ali Pantami, on Saturday.

However, the monarch was said to have died shortly after retiring to bed on Saturday night at the age of 43.

“He later retired to his bed, but around 12 am the sad news was relayed to us about the deceased of the emir,” a palace source stated.

Late Mu’azu Kwairanga Mu’azu was appointed as the third Emir of Funakaye on June 2, 2021, 13 days after the demise of his elder brother, the late Abubakar Muhammad Kwairanga.

The deceased’s elder brother died suddenly on May 20, 2021, a few hours after complaining of illness.

Late Mu’azu Kwairanga a descendant of late Modibbo Bubayero, the founder of Gombe Emirate, was born on April 20, 1979 to late Muhammad Kwairanga Abubakar, the first Emir of Funakaye.

Funeral prayers for the deceased will take place at his palace by 2:00pm on Sunday.

He is survived by one wife and five children.

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