Former Kogi governor, Abubakar Audu, buried after resurrection hoax

The remains of former Governor of Kogi State, Prince Abubakar Audu, were laid to rest on Monday at his home town, Ogbonicha.

Audu was the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in Saturday’s inconclusive governorship election in Kogi.

He died on Sunday at the age of 68.

There was confusion shortly before his burial when news went around Kogi that he had resurrected after a series of prayers.

A prophet had promised to resurrect him but angry youths broke the door into the room where the body was laid after it became apparent that the resurrection was a hoax.

The prophet was whisked to safety after irate youths threatened to deal with him.

Thousands of the late politician’s supporters could not hold back tears as he was eventually lowered into the grave at 1.32pm.

Sheikh Salman Adam, the Chairman of the Kogi State Council of Ulamah, assisted by Chief Imam of Anyigba, Imam Yahaya Musa, presided over the Islamic burial rites.

A Muslim Scholar, Alhaji Kassim Imam, in a brief funeral speech, said only God had the right to give or take life as no human had that right.

Imam said Audu’s death should not be ascribed to the making or wishes of any man, adding that it was his time to go back to his creator.

Among those at the funeral were APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun; former governors; and political associates, including James Faleke, his Deputy Governorship candidate.