Former Governor of the defunct Gongola State, Ambassador Wilberforce Juta is dead.
Late Juta died of brief illness in the early hours of Saturday in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.
Announcing the death of the elder statesman on his Facebook page, Chief Timaus Mathias said the news of the demise of Juta is coming from the family and friends.
Governor Fintiri Mourns
The governor of Adamawa state, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri who also confirmed the death of Wilberforce said he received the news with shock and grief.
Fintiri described the ex-governor as an elder statesman and an epitome of humanness.
The Adamawa governor prayed for God to grant the elder statesman eternal rest.
“I received with shock and grief the news of the passing of former Governor of the defunct Gongola State Ambassador Wilberforce Bafte Juta who died today.
“Indeed, the elder statesman was an epitome of humaneness and service. May God grant him eternal rest and the family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” the governor said in a Facebook post.
Abuja Business Reports recalls that Wilberforce Juta, who was deputy governor of Gongola state from 1979, became governor early in 1983 when his principal, Abubakar Barde, resigned from office.
Juta remained governor till October 1983 when his successor, Alhaji Bamangar Tukur, was elected.
He was Nigeria’s ambassador to Zimbabwe from 2000 to 2004 and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) until his death.