Top Taraba's Traditional Ruler, Aku Uka, Dies at 84

Top Taraba's Traditional Ruler, Aku Uka, Dies at 84

Dr Shekarau Angyu Masa Ibi, Kuvyo II (CON), Chairman of the Taraba Council of Traditional Rulers and supreme monarch of the Jukun race, has passed away.

According to a statement issued by the late monarch's Special Adviser on Media, Jolly Agbu Masa-Ibi, the Aku Uka died at the age of 84 at his castle in Wukari after ruling the Jukun race for 45 years.

All traditional ceremonies in line with the Jukun custom have already begun, according to the announcement, with the final traditional rites for Aku Uka's move from the palace to Puje to be revealed in due course.

Meanwhile, Governor Darius Ishaku has expressed shock and grief at the death of the Jukuns' supreme monarch, whom he characterized as a leading traditional ruler whose reign brought peace, harmony, and prosperity to Wukari and the whole old Kwararafa kingdom.

Governor Ishaku went on to characterize the reign of Aku Uka as a moment of self-discovery for the Jukun people in terms of their historical significance and role in the advancement of modern civilization in Nigeria and abroad.

Taraba State governor Darius Ishaku

The governor described Masa-Ibi as a leader with a keen sense of history, praising him for his significant contributions to the recording of the Jukun and the whole Kwararafa people's historic contributions to the formation of contemporary African nations, particularly Nigeria.

Ishaku bemoaned the monarch's death, saying that his death at this time has deprived Taraba State and Nigeria of the benefits of his wise counsel, which he freely offered in his personal capacity and as chairman of the Taraba State Council of Chiefs, just as he prayed for the monarch's soul to rest in peace.

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