From NOAH EBIJE, Kaduna
The remains of former Governor Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa of Kaduna State and that of his friend, Dauda Tsoho arrived the Kaduna airport yesterday. Both Yakowa and Tsoho died in a helicopter crash last Saturday in Bayelsa State, sending the entire Kaduna State into a mourning mood.
The corpses arrived Kaduna airport aboard a cargo plane at about 2.45 pm from Bayelsa State, accompanied by the former governor of Bayelsa State, Dieprieye Alamieyeseigha, current Deputy Governor of the state and Rear Admiral Gboribiogba John Jonah, among other top government officials. At the Kaduna airport to receive the corpses were the newly sworn in Governor of Kaduna State, Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, Yakowa’s widow, Amina, Senator Danjuma Goje and Senator Bola Saraki, among top state functionaries.
The two corpses were carried in an ambulance and driven in a convoy from the airport through Nnamdi Azikiwe Western bypass to Saint Gerald Catholic Hospital where the corpses were deposited in the mortuary. The Senate President, David Mark and his wife later joined the guests at the hospital from where he proceeded to the Government House to pay condolence to Yakowa’s family.
The late governor would be buried tomorrow in his hometown, Fadan Kagoma in Jema’a Local Government Area of the state. Meanwhile, Igbo community in Kaduna had joined hundreds of sympathizers to commiserate with the family of Yakowa, just as Kaduna State Student Union (NAKASS) also paid tributes to the late governor. According to the President General, Igbo community Welfare Association (ICWA), Kaduna, Chief Austine Amaechi, “the Ezeigbo and the entire Igbos resident in Kaduna received the news of the death of our governor, Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa with shock.
It is difficult to speak of our dynamic, dependable and cherished governor in past tense. “Words cannot express the way the Igbos feel about his exit. We commiserate with the wife, members of his family and the government of Kaduna State on this colossal loss.” Also, President, NAKASS, Umaru Babayaro described the death Yakowa as a great loss to the nation. In a statement, Babayaro prayed to God to grant the deceased eternal rest and give the family the fortitude to bear the loss.