Alhaji Mukhtar Yero has been sworn-in as the new Governor of Kaduna State by the state Chief Judge, Justice Rahila Cudjo. The ceremony conducted at Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna was witnessed by members of the state Executive Council, government officials and traditional rulers. Yero replaced Patrick Yakowa who died in a helicopter crash yesterday in Bayelsa.

In his acceptance speech, the governor pledged to continue with the transformation agenda laid by his predecessor. ?I sincerely desire to build on the good foundation that my boss had laid,?? he said, adding
that he would ??secure, unite and develop the state??.

He paid tribute to Yakowa for his outstanding contributions to the development of the state and humanity. ?He invested so much on this and had started reaping the fruits of his labour. His wish was to
consolidate and advance on the achievements so far made and hence, tagged Kaduna State?s 2013 budget as Budget of Consolidation and Advancement.??

The Governor commiserated with the family of the deceased and people in the state over the loss of “a humble and dedicated person. His humility, dedication to duty, fairness to all and a high sense of
humour, endeared him to many, near and far, irrespective of religious, tribal or sectional inclinations, ?? he added.

Yero said the occasion called for sober reflection, adding that it was time to mourn “ a good man” and to adopt strategies to ensure continuation of his legacies.

Yero, 44, was born in May 1968 in Zaria. He attended LEA Primary School Kaura-Zaria between 1974 and 1980, Government Secondary School, Ikara between 1980 and 1985 and Government Day Secondary School, Zaria from 1985 to 1986 for his West African School Certificate and GCE O’ level. The governor was at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria where he obtained a Diploma in Banking in 1988, Bsc Accountancy in 1991 and Masters Degree in Business Administration in 2003. He was also at the
College of Accountancy, Jos for Certificate in National Accountancy between 2003 and 2004.

Yero did the mandatory national service under the National Youth Service Corps Scheme (NYSC) at Ogun State Bulk Purchasing Corporation, Abeokuta between 1991 and 1992. The new governor began his public service career as a Higher Executive Officer at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria in 1992 before joining the defunct Nigeria Universal Bank Limited in 1993.

He also worked at NALADO Nigeria Limited, Kaduna as Chief Accountant between 2002 and 2007. In 2007 he was appointed Commissioner for Finance, Kaduna State and later in 2010 as the state Deputy Governor. A keen horse rider and polo enthusiast, Yero is married to Hajiya Fatima and has six children,

Meanwhile wife of the late governor Amina Yakowa has described the last moment spent with her husband as a “blessed one.?? She stated this today in Kaduna, during the Eucharistic Mass at St. Patrick?s
Chaplaincy, Government House.

Amina said the usual routine for them was to offer private prayer every morning, before joining the daily celebration of mass at 6 am at the chaplaincy. She said that on Saturday, she was unable to say the
usual prayers with her husband because she was down with catarrh, which made her very weak.

The bereaved widow said the late Yakowa then woke her up, urged her to get well soon so that she can join him in the thanksgiving service of the President’s wife, Dame Patience Jonathan scheduled to hold on Sunday, Dec.16. She described her marriage to the late governor as a happy one.

In his homily, the Archbishop of Kaduna, Rev. Matthew Ndagoso, described the late governor as a dedicated man who used his position to promote peace, unity and development in the state. Ndagoso advised the family and people in the state not to despair, but rather be positive as the late governor had lived a good life worthy of emulation.

The archbishop tasked Yakowa?s successor to continue with the projects initiated by his predecessor. On his part, Mr Joseph Hayab, the Special Adviser, ?Christian Affairs, to Yakowa, described the late
governor as an incorruptible, hardworking and dedicated person.

In the same many Nigerians has been expressing shock over the death of the Governor of Kaduna State, Mr Patrick Yakowa and a former National Security Adviser, Gen. Andrew Azazi and their aides.

Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun expressed disbelief over the incident, expressing his condolences to the government and people of Kaduna State, the Nigerian Governors’ Forum ?and the entire nation. A
statement by the governor?s spokesperson Mrs Funmi Wakama, described the death of Yakowa and Azazi as “lamentable and a great loss to the nation.

“Through dedicated leadership and pursuit of peace, Mr Yakowa contributed immensely to the development of Kaduna State within a short space of time. He was an embodiment of commitment, humility and selfless service,” the statement added.

The statement described Azazi as a soldier, who served his nation diligently in many capacities and still held a sensitive position after leaving service. Similarly, the PDP has described the death as “shocking and unfortunate”. A statement issued in Abuja by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, ?Mr Olise Metuh, said ?the death of Yakowa was “a colossal loss??.

The statement explained that the governor and the former national security adviser and four others died in the crash in ?Nembe on their way to Port Harcourt while returning from the burial of the father of Mr Oronta Douglas, an aide to President Goodluck Jonathan.

“Our great party is shocked to the marrow and no word can adequately give expression to the depth of our grief. The nation has lost a great patriot who in about two years in the saddle as governor of
Kaduna State demonstrated an unyielding capacity in wielding together varying fragile interests,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, thirty-six state governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors? Forum, NGF will on Monday, hold an emergency meeting in Abuja.

?It has been gathered that the meeting is to enable the governors deliberate and take a position on the death of Kaduna state governor, Patrick Yakowa who died on Saturday in helicopter crash. The forum in
a statement issued on Sunday, described Yakowa?s death as a huge loss to Nigeria and Kaduna State, just as it urged the ?aviation authorities to ?work harder at making flying safer and easier in
Nigeria.

?? We also urge the relevant authorities to periodically overhaul and maintain our law enforcement facilities and equipment,?the statement said.

?The governors also mourned the former National Security Adviser, NSA, Owoye Azazi and others. According to them, ?it is unfortunate that these six distinguished and remarkable Nigerians passed on at a time our country needed their invaluable services most. Their exit is no doubt a monumental loss to our nation.

We pray God to give the families of the departed, and indeed all Nigerians, the fortitude to bear this great loss. May the soul of these great sons of our country, Nigeria, rest in perfect peace.

??The Nigeria Governors? Forum, NGF, hereby commiserates with the families of Governor Patrick Yakowa, General Andrew Azazi their aides, ?Dauda Tsoho and Mohammed Kama; and the pilots, Murtala Daba and Adeyemi Sowole, who died in Saturday?s ill-fated helicopter crash.

??We also condole with the people of Kaduna and Bayelsa States over this tragic incidence that has again thrown our country into mourning.

?? We are pleased that the President has ordered an investigation into the accident. While we await the outcome of the investigation, our thoughts and prayers remain with the families, friends and associates
of our departed patriots at this trying time.

??We hope the aviation authorities will work harder at making flying safer and easier in our country. We also urge the relevant authorities to periodically overhaul and maintain our law enforcement facilities
and equipment.?

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