Emir of Lafia Alhaji Mustapha Agwai is dead. The Monarch who is the chairman of Nasarawa State traditional council of chiefs, died at the age of 84 on Thursday.
Alhaji Sule Abubakar, the “Ajiyan-Lafia” who confirmed the death of the Emir of Lafia to newsmen on Thursday in Lafia, disclosed that he died on Thursday at a Turkish Teaching hospital in Abuja following a protracted illness.
The Emir of Lafia who died today and is survived by three wives and two children, was coronated on May 28, 1974 and recently marked his 44th anniversary on the throne. He was selected by the Lafia emirate’s kingmakers on May 15, 1974 and was presented the staff of office by the then governor of Benue/Plateau state, Joseph D. Gomwalk, on October 26, 1974 at the Lafia stadium, now known as the Parade Ground.
He was the 16th Emir of Lafia, the state chairman of Jama’tul Nasril Islam (JNI) and Chairman of Nasarawa State Inter Religious Council. He was also the National Vice Chairman of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs in Nigeria, (NSCIA) and the national Vice Chairman of Jama’atu Nastril Islam (JNI).
The late monarch also held several positions including Chairman, Governing Council of Akwanga Teachers College; Chancellor, A.T.B.U Bauchi; Chancellor, Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) and until his demise, the Chancellor, Federal University, Otuoke in Bayelsa state.