In a condolence message issued by his media office in Abuja, the former Vice President recalled that as one of the Northern leaders with early exposure to Western education, the late Attah had worked tirelessly to bring his people in tune with the challenges of modernity.
He described the late Attah of Igala, Aliyu Obaje, as a rare traditional ruler who embodied integrity and selflessness throughout his sojourn on earth.
“The late Attah Igala was known to have held his kingdom together and it is on record that there was no major crisis during his long reign which spanned over a period of 56 years,” Atiku said.
The former Vice President noted that the late Attah of Igala had lived a dignified life, which earned him respect and admirers across the country.
According to Atiku, the late Monarch had never mortgaged the interest of his people for private gain, a virtue he said, made him to tower above the ordinary standards of integrity in our society.
The former Vice President also extolled Attah’s outstanding contributions to social harmony and peaceful coexistence among his people and other Nigerians.
As a first generation member of Ministers in the First Republic, Atiku recalled his contributions to national unity, spread of education and modernity.