Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has expressed sadness and shock at the passing away of the legendary musician, Dan Maraya Jos.
In a condolence message released by his media office and signed by Mazi Paul Ibe, the Turakin Adamawa extolled the virtues of the late traditional musician saying that for many decades, he defined music and entertainment on the Plateau and across the length and breadth of Nigeria becoming an icon of our traditional music, and custodian of its culture and tradition.
He recalled that Dan Maraya Jos used music to contribute to national unity, peace and stability by preaching togetherness and common brotherhood of all Nigerians in the many beautiful lyrics he sang through the ages, adding that he would be sorely missed.
Atiku said further that the late Dan Maraya Jos lived a simple life, and a life of moderation which is the reason for his long life. He regretted that to pass away at this time is a big loss to Nigerians who would sorely miss the harmony and joy which he generated through his music.
The former Vice President urged the people of Plateau State, and indeed all Nigerians to take his death as an expression of the will of God and honour his memory by living together in peace, harmony and unity. He prayed for God’s blessing on his soul and called on his immediate family to show courage at this trying time.