Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello on Monday commiserated with the Atta Igala, Alhaji Matthew Ogwuche-Akpa II, on the demise of his elder brother, Prince James Faruna-Opaluwa.
Bello, in a statement issued in Lokoja by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Mohammed, expressed his deepest sympathy to the Atta Igala, family members and the entire Igala people over the irreparable loss.
Faruna-Opaluwa died on Saturday at the age of 69 after battling with an illness.
Bello described the late Faruna-Opaluwa as a dedicated community leader and humble individual, who devoted his life to the service of God and humanity.
He acknowledged the significant contributions made by the deceased to the progress and development of his community and his unwavering commitment to uplifting the lives of those around him.
“I hereby wish to encourage your Royal Majesty and the family of the late Faruna-Opaluwa to find solace in the remarkable life he lived.
“It is quite remarkable that he will be remembered for the cherished memories he left behind,’’ he said.
Bello, however, prayed to God to comfort and strengthen the Attah Igala and the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss, and also grant eternal rest for the departed soul.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Faruna-Opaluwa, who died on Saturday, was a great pillar and icon in the Aju-Amacho Dynasty.
He was a retired programme manager at the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA).