Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, along side top Government functionaries and traditional rulers, attended the funeral prayer (Zanazah) of the late Maryam Abubakar, younger sister of the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi.
Maryam died in the early hours of today at a medical facility in Gombe at the age of 55.
The funeral prayer took place at the Gombe Specialist Hospital with hundreds of sympathisers in attendance, including the Deputy Governor, Dr Manassah Daniel Jatau, Chief of Staff, Abubakar Inuwa Kari, Commissioners, Special Advisers, Directors-General Permanent Secretaries and other top Government functionaries.
Also present were Emirs of Nafada and Deba, Alhaji Muhammad Dadum Hamza and Alhaji Ahmed Usman.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya, in a condolence message, described the death of Hajiya Maryam as deeply painful, consoling the bereaved family to take solace in the fact that the deceased lived an examplary life worthy of emulation.
He conveyed the condolences of government and people of Gombe State to Prof Njodi and other members of his family over the huge loss, praying Almighty Allah to forgive her shortcomings and grant her Aljannat Firdaus.