Atiku mourns late Hama Bachama, Homun Honest Stephen
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has condoled with the family of late Hama Bachama, His Majesty, Homun Honest Stephen Irmiya, the Bachama Kingdom, and the Adamawa State Government over the monarch’s passing.
The paramount ruler died at the age of 66 on Sunday Morning following a brief illness.
In a press statement made available to The NEWSMAN on Monday, Atiku described the news of the Hama Bachama’s passing as shocking.
“He was more than just a traditional ruler and has been a strong rallying point that has brought the Bachama people together by serving with distinction in the almost seven years he has been on the throne,” the former Vice President said.
Atiku who is also the Waziri of Adamawa prayed God to strengthen and comfort his immediate family, the entire Bachama community, the government and people of Adamawa State over the loss.
Meanwhile, Adamawa State Governor, Ahmadu Fintiri has declared a three-day mourning following the death of Hama Bachama, Honest Stephen.
Fintiri gave the directive in a statement issued by his press secretary, Humwashi Wonosikou, on Monday in Yola.
The late royal father, who is one of the first-class paramount rulers in the state, was a retired officer of the Nigerian Army and ascended the throne in 2012 as the 28th ruler of the Bachama kingdom following the demise of his predecessor, Homun Asaph Zadok.
He was born in Lagos on March 6, 1954, to the family of Warrant Officer Irmiya Stephen, a prince of Numupo ruling clan, and Lekoni Irmiya, a princess of Kowo clan, both under the Bachama kingdom
The late Adamawa ruler was buried on Sunday afternoon, in Lamurde, headquarters of the Bachama kingdom.