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By Nahum Sule Taraba State Correspondent, in Jalingo)

Taraba State Governor, Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku, has expressed shock and sadness on the passing of His Royal Majesty, Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi, Aku Uka of Wukari, and chairman of the Taraba State Council of Chiefs.

In a statement by his media aide, Bala Dan Abu, Gov Ishaku described the late Aku Uka as a foremost paramount ruler whose reign brought peace, unity, and prosperity to Wukari, Taraba State, and the entire ancient Kwararafa Kingdom.

He described his reign as a period of self-discovery by the Jukun people of their strategic place in history and role in the promotion of modern civilization in Nigeria and beyond.

Gov Ishaku described Masa-Ibi as a leader with a rare sense of history and praised him for his immense contributions to the documentation of the historic contributions of the Jukun and the entire Kwararafa people to the emergence of modern nations in Africa and Nigeria in particular.

He said the demise of the traditional ruler at this point in time has robbed Taraba State and Nigeria of the benefits of his wise counsel which he offered very generously in his personal capacity and as chairman of the Taraba State Council of Chiefs.

He prayed to God for the repose of his soul. NNL.