*** Mourns late Maigari of Lokoja
By Amuda Dan Sulaiman Fab
The Lokoja Forum Of Patriots, (LFP), has cancelled the 2022 edition of its annual Boat Regatta festival scheduled to hold this month.
In a statement released on Sunday and signed by the LFP, Chairman, Alhaji Idris Baba’Ango attributed the cancellation of the annual fiesta to the demise of the Maigari of Lokoja, HRH Alhaji (Dr) Mohammodu Kabir Maikarfe 111.
The late Maigari of Lokoja died on Tuesday, 2022 in Abuja and had since been buried in Lokoja.
The Lokoja Boat Regatta Festival is one of the biggest culture fiestas celebrated in the confluence city, attracting top multinationals as sponsors with culture enthusiasts attending from different parts of the world.
In an emotional condolence statement, Baba’Ango said the news of the death of the Maigari came to them as a shock.
The LFP Chairman noted that the history of Northern Nigeria and indeed our great nation cannot be written without a mention of the immeasurable contributions of the late Maigari.
“For decades he deployed his peace building skills in managing differences in his strategic and complex domain. Through the force of his personality and deft human management, he raised the Lokoja Chiefdom to one of the most influential area in Nigeria.
“We have indeed lost an icon of culture, tradition and socio-economic development. He stood for equity, fairness, justice and peaceful co-existence. His big shoe will be very difficult to fill.
“We celebrate his impactful life. He will live forever in our hearts. May the Almighty Allah forgive the shortcomings of our Royal Father and grant him Aljanah Firdaus. May He give us the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” the statement said.