Buhari, Atiku, others mourn: President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family of Col. Honest Irmiya Stephens (rtd), the Hama Bachama and Paramount Ruler of Bachama Kingdom over the transition of the monarch.
In a Press Statement released by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity Garba Shehu, the President also condoled with the Bachama Kingdom, the government and people of Adamawa State, noting that the late traditional ruler who received his staff of office on December 15, 2013, served his community, state and the nation creditably.
According to President Buhari, the retired military officer and 28th ruler of Bachama Kingdom, “distinguished himself in the Nigerian Army and devoted his post-service years to promoting the development of his people and fostering unity of his fatherland.”
While urging the Bachama Kingdom to elect a worthy successor, the President prayed God to console all those who mourn the departed traditional ruler and grant his soul eternal rest.
On his part, former Vice President and Presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubabakar also condoles with the family, kingdom and entire Adamawa state over the great loss.
“HRH Chief Honest Irmiya Stephen, the Paramount ruler of Bachama kingdom of Adamawa State served his people with distinction as a traditional ruler and gave his best to our country as a military officer.
“On behalf of my family, I wish to convey my deepest condolences to his family, the Bachama kingdom and the people and government of Adamawa over his loss. He will be sorely missed. May his soul rest in peace.”
Governor Nasiru El-Rufa’I of Kaduna state on his official twitter handle @elrufai wrote:
“Adamawa & Nigeria just lost a very good man. HRH Hama Bachama has been my friend & adviser for many years. KDSG sympathizes with his family, Chiefdom, people & Adamawa State Government for this irreplaceable loss. May his gentle soul Rest in Perfect Peace.”
Similarly, well meaning Nigerians from all walks of life have continued to deliver condolence messages to the family and people of Bachama kingdom and Adamawa state in general.
The royal father, who is one of the first-class paramount rulers in the state, was a retired officer of the Nigerian Army. The late ruler ascended the throne in 2012 following the demise of his predecessor, Homun Asaph Zadok.
The late Hama Bachama, who was the 28th ruler of the Bachama kingdom, was buried on Sunday afternoon, in Lamurde, headquarters of the Bachama kingdom.“He died following a brief illness.