Umar Nasko, a family member and Niger State governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the last election, said the emir died in Germany after a brief illness.
The late traditional ruler was a Senator in 1992 on the platform of the defunct National Republican Convention
He became Emir of Borgu on February 26, 2002, after the demise of Isiaku Musa Jikantoro.
APC leader, Ahmed Bola Tinubu was saddened by the news.
“I received with shock, disbelief and great sadness the death of the Emir of Borgu in Niger State, Alhaji Haliru Dantoro Kitoro III [Mai Borgu]. It is an upsetting that the Emir passed away less than 48 hours after I visited him and witnessed how close he was to full recovery.
He was full of life, jovial and eager to return to Nigeria this weekend. I feel a profound sense of personal loss on the sudden passing away of my royal father, a friend, brother and above all a confidant and supporter,” he said.
“I came to know him very personally before he turbaned me the Jagaban of Borgu Kingdom. But thereafter, we became brothers, just like family. He never left me alone and I never left him alone either. We shared a common bond. A common patriotic desire to see Nigeria rise up to her full potentials. We were fired up in our belief that though the journey to nation hood may be long and tortuous, Nigeria had what it takes to attain greatness. We both shared the responsibility of contributing our time, resources and intellect to these onerous task,” he added.