Billionaire prince of Zaria Emirate, Alhaji Bashir Iyan Zazzau, has died of undisclosed causes.
His death was announced in a tweet by the emirate on Friday.
It reads: “Inalillahi wa inna illaihir rajiun indeed from Allah we are and to him we shall return.
It is with deepest regret and no pleasure that we announce the death of the most powerful traditional title holder & wealthiest prince in Northern Nigeria today, Alh Bashir Aminu Iyan Zazzau.
Late Iyan Zazzau was legendary.
We felt a big vacuum hearing his demise.
A great soul, we mourn his death and pray that the almighty will give his family and the entire people of Zazzau fortitude to bear the irreparable loss
May Allah forgive his shortcomings and grant him Janna.”
He was said to be the tip contender to the throne after the former emir, Alhaji Shehu Idris, died.
A new successor, Nuhu Bamali, was named by the state government but this did not go down well with Bashir.