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Anger over Ishaku’s absence at Aku-Uka’s burial

By Charles Akpeji, Jalingo
15 January 2022   |   4:04 am
The burial rites of the late Aku-Uka of Wukari, Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi, was yesterday concluded without Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba State in attendance.

The burial rites of the late Aku-Uka of Wukari, Dr. Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi, was yesterday concluded without Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba State in attendance.

The monarch was before his death in October last year the Chairman, Taraba State Council of Chiefs. He was yesterday laid to rest in Wukari, the administrative headquarters of the Kwararafa Kingdom.

Some members of the community, who spoke with The Guardian on the absence of the governor, expressed sadness over his inability to attend the event, which was graced by dignitaries from far and near.

Many of them wondered why Ishaku, who is also of Jukun extraction could not “come and pay his last homage to the monarch” who piloted the affairs of the kingdom for 45 years, saying the action was “unfair to the Jukun race.”

“Though the Chief of Staff to the governor was here to represent him, the truth is that we are not happy that he (Ishaku), who is also of the Jukun race, has failed to come and honour our late Aku,” a prominent son of the land who craved anonymity said.

Meanwhile, the burial ceremony brought the entire Wukari town to a standstill, with vehicular movements interrupted for many hours.