The Aku Uka of Wukari and Chairman, Taraba State Council of Chiefs, Dr Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi is dead. “The Supreme Ruler of the Jukun Race and Chairman Taraba State Council of Traditional Rulers, His Majesty, Dr Shekarau Angyu Masa Ibi, Kuvyo II CON has joined his ancestors.
The SA Media to Aku-Uka, Jolly Agbu Masa-Ibi, who confirmed this in a statement issued in Jalingo on Sunday afternoon noted that the leader died in his sleep in the early hours of Sunday. The late Dr Shekarau Angyu Masa-Ibi (Kuvyon II) is the 27th Aku Uka of Kwararafa and the 13th since the founding of the Wukari.
The late Aku Uka who is the Chancellor, Federal University Dutse became king in 1976 as a second class king but was later upgraded to a first-class status during his reign in 1982.
“The Aku Uka joined his ancestors at the age of 84 after leading the Kwararafa Race for 45 Years. All traditional rites in accordance to the Jukun tradition has since commences. The final traditional rites for Aku Uka’s transition from the Palace to Puje would be announced in due course” the statement read.
Meanwhile, Governor Darius Ishaku has expressed shock and sadness over the passing of the supreme ruler of the Jukuns, who he described as a foremost traditional ruler whose reign brought peace, unity and prosperity to Wukari and the entire ancient Kwararafa kingdom in general.
The governor described Aku Uka as a leader with a rare sense of history and praised him for his immense contributions to the documentation of the historic contributions of the Jukun and the entire Kwararafa people to the emergence of modern nations in Africa and Nigeria in particular.