Yero Sworn-In As Kaduna Governor After Death of Yakowa

 [ Masterweb Reports ] – 44-year-old Kaduna Deputy Governor,  Alhaji Mukhtar Yero was sworn-in as governor on Sunday following the death of the incumbent governor, Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa in an air crash on Saturday. The oath of office was administered by Kaduna State Chief Judge, Justice Rahila H. Cudjoe at Government House in Kaduna at 1.05 pm  and witnessed by members of the state executive council, government officials and traditional rulers. 


In a speech after he was sworn-in, Yero pledged to finish up the agenda laid out by late Yakowa, and paid tribute to him for his outstanding contributions to the development of the state. He said the vision of Yakowa was to secure, unite and develop Kaduna State. Excerpts from Yero’s speech read: "Our amiable governor, Sir Patrick Yakowa has suddenly left us by answering the call of our creator. Indeed, from Him we all came and to Him we would all, one day, return. In between these periods is the privilege we have to serve humanity.


“We are living testimonies to the fact that our amiable Governor, Sir Patrick Yakowa who came, did serve humanity, in various and diverse capacities. His humility, dedication to duty, fairness to all and sense of humour endeared him to many, near and far, irrespective of religious, tribal or sectional inclinations. No wonder, he was given a pseudo name of Nakowa.


“The vision of Sir Patrick "Nakowa" Yakowa, was to secure, unite and develop Kaduna State. He invested so much on this and started reaping the fruits of his labour. He wished to consolidate and advance on the achievements so far made and hence tagged Kaduna State’s 2013 Budget , which he presented to the Honourable House of Assembly on Thursday 13th , December, the “Budget of Consolidation and Advancement.” I sincerely desire to build on the good foundation that my boss laid. I therefore covet your prayers for God’s wisdom, guidance and direction.


“I take this opportunity to commiserate with the wife and immediate family of his Excellency, Sir Patrick Yakowa, in particular, members of the Government of Kaduna State and the entire citizens of the state over the sad moment we have found ourselves in. May God in His infinite mercies comfort us all. I shall later in the day deliver a state wide broadcast to the citizens of Kaduna state when more details of this sad event are known.”


Yero was Commissioner of Finance in Kaduna State before the death of late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. He was elevated to the position of Deputy Governor to the late governor (Yakowa) in 2010 after then Governor Namadi Sambo was picked by Goodluck Jonathan to serve as Vice President. Yakowa was among six people that died in Bayelsa when a navy helicopter crashed, enroute from the funeral of the father of one of President Jonathan’s Special Advisers. The helicopter was identified as a Navy Agusta, with registration number NN07. Commodore Kabiru Aliyu, Director of Navy Information in a press statement said the helicopter involved in the crash was one of those used for “Operation Pulo Shield” in the Niger Delta area. He confirmed the helicopter was flying from Nembe to Port Harcourt (and not Yenagoa as reported by many news media) when it crashed.


*Photo CaptionAlhaji Mukhtar Yero.

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