Monday, 12 February 2018

President Buhari Loses Two Family Members

President Muhammadu Buhari has lost two senior members of his extended family.

They died within hours of each other on Friday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said.

Hajiya Halima Dauda who was buried in Daura, Katsina State was described by Mr Shehu as the President’s niece and younger sister to his close associate Mamman Daura.

She was aged 56 and left behind 10 children, one of the President’s personal assistants, Mohammed Sabi’u Tunde.

Hajiya Halima Dauda’s burial on Saturday was attended by a Federal Government delegation led by the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari.

Others on the team were the Minister of State in charge of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika; and three senior special assistants to the President – Sarki Abba, Ya’u Darazo and Mr Shehu.

Also in the delegation were, Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar, the Permanent Secretary, State House Jalal Arabi and the State Chief of Protocol, Ambassador Lawal Kazaure.

A day earlier, on Friday, the Buhari family buried Aisha Alhaji Mamman, the wife of the President’s elder brother.

Receiving condolences, Malam Mamman on behalf of the family and the Emir, Alhaji Umar Faruk for the people of Daura Emirate, thanked God for the lives of the deceased and all the visitors for sharing the moment of grief with them.

Among those received by the family in Daura are the Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu and a former Military Governor of Kaduna State, Brigadier-General Jafaru Isa (Rtd).


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