The body of former governor of Kaduna state, Sir Patrick Yakowa was on Thursday, buried at his country home at Fadan Kagoma in Jema’a local government area of Kaduna state.
The late governor died on Saturday, December 15, in a helicopter crash at Nembe local government area of Bayelsa state along with five others, including former National Security Adviser, General Andrew Azazi.
The emotional widow of the late governor, Mrs Amina Yakowa, in her eulogy narrated how her husband worked for peace, unity and development of the state in his days as governor. She said she believed also he died for the same purpose.
“God knows why this has happened to us at this time, so please let’s give thanks to our God Almighty” she stated amidst tears.
Delivering the sermon at the funeral, the Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese, Most Reverend Mathew Hassan Kukah, admonished politicians to emulate the leadership styles of the late governor, which was centered on humility, politics of unity and acceptability.
In a tribute at the burial service St. Paul Catholic Church, President Goodluck Jonathan eulogized the late governor, describing him as a bridge builder who loved his people irrespective of their religion and tribe.
“Yakowa was a nationalist. He played his roles very well as a civil servant of old, not as a civil servant of today when a director has more houses than Dangote.” “No ethnic or religious divide in his blood,” he said.
President Jonathan also advised politicians to guard any utterances capable of tearing the nation apart, but to emphasize on the things that will unite the nation.
“Utterances and words of elders are just like winds and waves that move, gather momentum and cause destructive effects of which the end results of such destruction cannot be predicted. Responses of our young men and women are reflections of what the elders talk in public and even in private,” he said.
Led by the Senate president, Senator David Mark, other government officials’ paid glowing tribute to the personality of Mr Yakowa.
Mr Yakowa is survived by his wife and four children.