Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has lost two members of his extended family in close succession, the Presidency revealed on Saturday.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who revealed this to Journalists through a statement, said: “President Muhammadu Buhari’s extended family has been struck by the loss of two senior members who died within a few hours of one another.”
Saying that one of the deceased was Hajiya Halima Dauda, Shehu explained that the deceased was buried in Daura on Saturday morning, adding that she was the President’s niece and younger sister to his close associate and nephew, Mamman Daura.
He said: “She died at about the age of 56, leaving behind 10 children, four of them male and six female including one of President Buhari’s Personal Assistants, Mohammed Sabi’u Tunde.”
Also, she said the burial was attended by dignitaries including a Federal Government delegation led by the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.
Others on the team were the Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika; two businessmen- Alhaji Isma’ila Isa and Sayyu Dantata; three Senior Special Assistants to the President -Sarki Abba, Ya’u Darazo and Shehu; the 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.
According to Shehu, the Buhari family had earlier on Friday buried Hajiya Ai’sha Alhaji Mamman on Friday, explaining that the second deceased was the wife of the President’s older brother, Alhaji Mamman.
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 were the Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris; Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu; and a former Military Governor of Kaduna State, Brig.-Gen. Jafaru Isa (retd.).