Peter Yakowa, the son of the late former governor of Kaduna State, Mr Patrick Yakowa, on Thursday said the death of his father has helped to unite Nigerians.
"It was a grand design by God to show Northerners and Southerners that we are indeed brothers and sisters," he said during the funeral mass for the late governor in Fadan Kagoma, Kaduna State.
Peter Yakowa described the helicopter crash that led to the death of his father and five others as 'the Will of God'.
"A lot of people described the crash in Bayelsa as an accident, I describe it as a grand design by God to show Mr President and Nigeria that Patrick Yakowa was indeed his brother and sincerely believed in him and his administration."
The son described his father as an apostle of peace, who always preached peace at every opportunity and spent his life serving humanity.
He urged people in the state to support Yakowa's focus on peace and unity, and to also support the new governor.
"He has made the ultimate sacrifice, and that sacrifice was made on the altar of peace. I pray that this sacrifice will not be a wasted sacrifice. I pray there will be peace in Kaduna State."
Also, Mrs Amina Yakowa said she had come to terms with the demise of her husband, as people had testified to his good nature while alive.
She said the good virtue exhibited by her late husband, which she had imbibed " will live with my children to partake in this bounty."
She also urged the people in the state to immortalise her husband by being committed to his ideals of peace, unity and development.
"May the death of my husband brings unity to the people of Kaduna State," she prayed.