A former governor of the late Gongola state, Amb Wilberforce Juta, has died.
“The roll is called over there! Noble Baba Juta has left to be with the Lord, ”said bereaved family friend Chief Timaus Mathias on his Facebook page.
Wilberforce Juta, who was deputy governor of Gongola state from 1979, became governor in early 1983 when its principal, Abubakar Barde, stepped down.
Juta remained governor until October 1983 when his successor, Alhaji Bamangar Tukur, was elected.
In a message confirming the death of Wilberforce Juta, Adamaoua state governor Ahmadu Fintiri said it was a shocking development.
Fintiri said in a statement from his press secretary, Humwashi Wonosikou, that Juta is a quintessential of humanity and service.
Fintiri added that Wilberforce Juta, who was Nigeria’s ambassador to Zimbabwe from 2000 to 2004 and leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) until his death on Saturday, would be sorely missed by the PDP and Adamawa State.
“Adamawa has felt its impact in various sectors, especially in education and politics,” Fintiri said.
As a tribute to the late Wilberforce Juta, Fintiri declared the three-day mourning period starting Saturday July 15.