In a statement received by TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington D.C., the presidency in Nigeria said: “President Muhammadu Buhari is saddened by the news of the death of Galadima Modu Sheriff, Galadima, Borno Emirate and the father of former governor Ali Modu Sheriff of Borno State.
“The President also extends heartfelt commiserations to Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State, the family of Sheriff, the Shehu of Borno, and the entire Borno Emirate Council on the passing of their illustrious son and community leader, fondly loved and respected by his people.
“The President who described the death of his in-law and father in-law to Halima, his daughter, as a personal loss to him, prays Almighty Allah to grant the soul of the departed eternal rest.
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“The President appeals to family, friends and relatives who mourn the deceased in the midst of the present challenges facing the country to please maintain social distancing, keep safe and healthy.”