- Garba Tizhe Tumba, a former driver to President Buhari while in the army, has died
- Tumba died after a protracted illness in Michika local government council of Adamawa state
- President Buhari prayed Almighty God to accept his soul and comfort the family
A former driver to President Muhammadu Buhari when he was in the army, Cpl. Garba Tizhe Tumba (rtd), has died.
Daily Trust reports that Tumba died after a protracted illness in Bazza District, Michika local government council of Adamawa state.
President Buhari, according to a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Saturday, May 16, described Tumba as “a loyal, diligent and respectful soldier.”
The president also prayed Almighty God to accept his soul and comfort the family.
He commiserated with a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Binta Masi Garba, who is Tumba's daughter.
President Buhari recently lost his chief of staff, Mallam Abba Kyari to the novel coronavirus disease.
The deceased had tested positive to the ravaging COVID-19 and had been receiving treatment an unknown location.
But he died on Friday, April 17, according to a statement by the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina.
Kyari who is from Borno state was seen as the most influential personality in the presidency before his demise.
In another related development, Warrant Officer Lawal Mato, one of the personal bodyguards of President Buhari died on Tuesday, April 21, after struggling with diabetes.
The presidency in a statement through, Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson, disclosed that the deceased who had been off full duty for three years was treating diabetes.
Mato was said to be part of a team that former president, Umaru Musa Yar’adua, restored to President Buhari as personal security.
The presidency said the officer had been working with Buhari for many years before he won the 2015 elections.
According to the presidency, Buhari described the late officer as a very thorough trustworthy and dependable soldier who carried out his duty with diligence and focus.
“President Buhari prayed that Allah will ease his passage to paradise and grant his family, government and people of Jigawa State, the fortitude to bear the loss,” the presidency said.
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