Speaking with newsmen in Gombe, Abubakar said that traditional institutions were the basis of the society.
The former vice president, who was at the palace of the emir Gombe, condoled with the state government over the death of Alhaji Shehu Abubakar, the 10th Emir of Gombe.
He described the deceased as a level headed person who related with the ordinary people.
He prayed the Almighty God to grand him eternal rest.
Also at the palace for condolences was Mr Chris Garuba, a former military administrator of the old Bauchi State.
Garuba described the deceased as humble, committed and dedicated to his duty.
He prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased and also for God to give the family and government the fortitude to bear the loss.
The late emir was turbaned the 10th Emir of Gombe during the administration of Garuba in 1984. (NAN)