Vanguard (Lagos)

1 December 2012

Nigeria: Jonathan, Northern Governors Condole Buhari Over Daughter's Death

Abuja — President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has commiserated with former Head of State, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd.) on the death of his eldest daughter, Zulaihatu yesterday.

Also yesterday, the Northern Governors Forum commiserated with the former Head of State.

In a condolence letter to General Buhari, President Jonathan prayed that God Almighty would comfort him, and grant him and members of his family succour from the pain of losing a beloved child who has been nurtured and raised to adulthood.

L-R: Former Speaker House of Reps, Hon. Aminu Masari with Alhaji Abubakar Hayatu and Gen. Muhammed Buhari rtd. during a condolence visit to the fmr Head of State over the death of his daughter, Hajia Zalaihatu Buhari in Kaduna, yesterday. Photo: Olu Ajayi

"I write to extend very sincere commiserations to you and your family on the death of your eldest daughter, Zulaihatu yesterday November 29th, 2012.

In his message, Forum Chairman and Governor of Niger State, Dr Babangida Aliyu, urged Buhari to be consoled by the fact that it was only "God that gives and takes life whenever He pleases."

In a statement issued by Aliyu's Chief Press Secretary, Danladi Ndayebo, he enjoined the former military leader and his family to be encouraged by the fact that his late daughter lived an inspiring and a fulfilled life.

He said life was not about how long people lived, but how people impacted positively on the environment around them.

He prayed God to grant the deceased eternal rest and the family, especially her husband and her children, the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Zulaihat died on Thursday atNasarawaHospital, a private clinic in Marafa,KadunaState, during child birth.

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