President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the late Prime Minister, on the loss of Hajiya Jummai Aishatu Abubakar, Balewa’s last surviving wife who died today at the of age 85.
In a message sent through the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, President 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.
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“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 President 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 late Prime Minister’s wife from Lagos where she died in a private hospital, to Bauchi where her burial events will take place tomorrow, (Monday).
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has also condoled with the Government and People of Bauchi State, particularly the family of Nigeria’s late Prime Minister, Tafawa Balewa, over the death of Hajiya Aishatu Jummai Balewa.
Lawan said the death of the last surviving wife of Prime Minister Balewa has created a big vacuum in the family.
The Senate President said her motherly love will be greatly missed by her loved ones and all those whose lives she had impacted.
Lawan prayed that the Almighty Allah will comfort the family and grant the departed soul eternal bliss in Aljanah Firdaus.
First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has also expressed her sadness over the death of Hajiya Aishatu Jummai Balewa, wife of the former Prime Minister of Nigeria, Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa-Balewa.
Mrs. Balewa died in Lagos on Sunday, 27th October, 2019.
Mrs. Buhari described the death of the 85 year old matriarch as a loss not just to her family, but the people of Bauchi state and the nation as a whole.
Mrs. Buhari therefore expressed her heartfelt condolences to the grieving family of the late Prime Minister and prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.