Governor Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai of Kaduna State has decribed late veteran actor, Alhaji Kasimu Yero as a shining star, a colossus of the creative industry that will be missed.
Yero, a household name who is fondly remembered for his brilliant role as Uncle Gaga in the 1980s situational comedy ‘Cock Crow At Down’, and also a lead character in Abubakar Imam’s ‘Magana Jari Ce’, died on Sunday in Kaduna, aged 70.
A statement signed by governor El-Rufai’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, said, “Alhaji Kasimu Yero was a shining star whose talent brought him national acclaim for his contribution to culture.
“He was at the forefront of drama in northern Nigeria, using the then new medium of television to project culture and tradition.
“He was a talented artist, who also mentored several artists who are now household names in their own right. He devoted his talents to nation building, preaching unity across religion, ethnic and regional lines.
“We are proud of his contributions to culture and national unity. On behalf of the Government and people of Kaduna State,
“I hereby extend our condolences to his immediate family, Zazzau Emirate and the entire creative industry in which he so distinguished himself.
“May Almighty God grant his soul eternal rest and his family the fortitude to bear the loss.”