- Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno has lost his chief of staff, Babagana Wakil
- Wakil died in the morning of Wednesday, July 1
- According to Islamic rites, the late chief of staff will be buried the same day
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Dr Babagana Wakil, the chief of staff to Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno state, was confirmed dead in the early hours of Wednesday, July 1, after a brief illness.
The sad development was disclosed in a statement published by Malam Isa Gusau, a special adviser to Governor Zulum on public relations and strategy, Daily Trust reports.
Gusau revealed: “Jana’iza of late chief of staff, Dr Babagana Wakil, is to hold 4pm today at his extended family residence in Shehuri north, Maiduguri.
“May Allah, Subhanahu Wa ta’ala, in His infinite mercy, forgive his shortcomings, admit him into aljanna and give his family the strength to bear our collective loss."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that barely one week after the death of Abba Kyari, the late chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, a nephew to the president, Mamman Daura, had penned down an emotional message about the former politician.
Daura said that Kyari was recommended as running mate to former president Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999. Obasanjo was president from 1999 to 2007.
Legit.ng gathered that Kyari died of complications from coronavirus pandemic on April 17 and was buried according to Islamic rite at Gudu Cemetery in Abuja, the nation's capital on Saturday, April 18.
In a tribute, Daura described Kyari as an intelligent man who could have been the second in command when Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999.
He said: “These times coincided with the country’s return to democracy and Malam Abba was among those enthusiastically espousing the cause of General Obasanjo.
“On his selection as PDP candidate, a group of women and youths in the PDP lobbied Obasanjo to pick Mallam Abba as his vice-presidential running mate. After heated debates, Obasanjo eventually picked Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
“In the 2003 elections, Mallam Abba was in opposite camps with President Obasanjo. General Muhammadu Buhari had declared his intention the previous year to contest the presidency and Mallam Abba joined his team and worked wholeheartedly in all the campaigns through the drudgery and injustices of the 2003, 2007 and 2011 elections without losing hope or sight of the ultimate goal.”
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