- President Muhammadu Buhari is currently mourning the death of one of his friend, Gabriel Igboanugo
- Buhari notes that he called Igboanugo 'Daddy' as a result of their closeness when they both served in the military
- Buhari's reaction followed a letter to the president by the wife of the deceased
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The president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, is sad and this was confirmed on Sunday, September 27, as he mourned the death of his friend, Gabriel Igboanugo.
President Buhari said he fondly called Igboanugo, 95, ‘Daddy’ when he was the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 3rd Armoured Division of the Nigerian Army, Jos, Plateau state.
A statement by Femi Adesina, a spokesperson for the president, said the late Pa Igboanugo was then Principal Education Officer at Command Secondary School, Jos, and had a close and amicable relationship with the then GOC.
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The statement said Buhari's reaction followed a private letter by Lady Margaret Igboanugo.
In the private letter to Buhari, wrote:
“My husband, whom you used to fondly call ‘Daddy,’ passed away the way he lived; peacefully and in comfort, in his home in Ihiala, Anambra state. He will be buried there on Friday, November 27, 2020.”
President Buhari said he commiserates with the Igboanugo family, urges them to take solace in the fact that their patriarch lived to a ripe old age, and touched the lives of countless number of people that came across his way.
Legit.ng earlier reported that President Buhari recently reacted and issued a stern warning to members of the Boko Haram just after they attacked the convoy of the governor of Borno state, Babagan Zulum.
The report said the president on Saturday, September 26, condemned the attack which led to the death of many security men and some operatives of a civilian joint task force.
The president in a statement signed by his special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, described the attack, which occurred on the Maiduguri-Baga route, as an orchestrated sabotage against the long-planned return of displaced persons to their local communities.
Meanwhile, President Buhari has expressed shock over the death of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris.
According to a statement by one of his media aides, Garba Shehu the president has sent his condolences to the people of Kaduna state over the demise of the emir.
Buhari was reported to have described the death of the monarch as a loss to Nigeria. He said the late emir during his lifetime contributed to the promotion of unity and peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.
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