Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello on Wednesday wept at the burial of his Director General, Protocol, Alhaji Haruna Mamman Jiya Vatsa.
Haruna Vatsa died Tuesday in Kaduna after a brief illness. He was 49 years old.
Governor Sani Bello described the death as a personal loss of age-long and childhood friend, whose memories of hard work, commitment, dedication, loyalty and kindness, stood unparalleled.
The Governor who was in sad and pensive mood through out the Janaiza (funeral ) prayers at the family house of the Vatsas in Malali Quarters, Kaduna led by Mallam Umar Farouq, Niger State, Director General, Religious Affairs, said he has lost “ a friend, aide, and confident whose memories I will live with for the rest of my life”
“ This is one death that I see as a personal loss. Haruna was not just my Director General Protocol, he was a friend, a brother, a trusted and trustworthy aide, a confidant who believed and supported the course we stand for.”
Governor Sani Bello revealed that Haruna Vatsa was one those in the trenches with him in the struggle to restore good governance to Niger state.
“On the political battle space, Haruna was in the trenches of struggle to restore back the glory of Niger State. We shall miss him greatly.”
Also speaking , Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal who was at the janaiza prayer also described the late Haruna Vatsa as “a humble, caring and gentleman” and prayed that Allah grant him aljana fidausi.
Jibrin Baba Ndace
Chief Press Secretary,
5th July 2017