President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the late Prime Minister, on the loss of Hajiya Jummai Abubakar, Balewa’s last surviving wife, who died on Sunday.
Buhari’s condolence message was communicated in a statement issued by
his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on
In the message sent through the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, Buhari said: “It was with the deepest sense of sorrow that I have learnt of the tragic demise of Hajiya Jummai Tafawa Balewa.
“In her sad demise, Nigeria has lost an outstanding political figure, who was passionately committed to the cause of the family and the legacies of her late husband.
“I convey my heartfelt condolences to members of the bereaved family, the government and people of Bauchi State and the entire people of our dear country. May Allah repose her soul.”
Meanwhile, Buhari has directed the Secretary to the Government of the
Federation, Boss Mustapha, to make an aircraft from the Presidential
fleet available for the evacuation of the remains of the deceased from
Lagos, where she died in a private hospital, to Bauchi.
The remains of the late prime minister’s wife, who died at the age of 85, will be committed to mother earth in Bauchi on Monday.