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    Nigeria: Ex-minister loses son in accident

    Former Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar, has lost her first son, Aliyu Abubakar, in an auto crash.

    The deceased’s three siblings, who were also involved in the accident, have been hospitalized.

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    The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has sympathized with the former minister.

    President Buhari’s condolence message was contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled, “President Buhari mourns, as ex-minister Aisha loses the eldest son.”

    In a message to the father of the deceased, Kabiru Mukhtar; and the former minister, which was delivered by his aides, the President described the death as sad.

    The statement reads in part: “The President prayed for a quick recovery for two brothers and sisters of the deceased, who are currently on admission in hospital following a road accident that claimed the life of the deceased.

    “He urged doctors, nurses, and other health workers to do their best for other victims of the accident under their care.”

    President Buhari also prayed to Allah to repose the soul of the deceased and grant fortitude to the family to bear the loss.

    Aides, who delivered the message from the President, are Senior Special Assistant to the President, Special Duties, Ya’u Darazo, Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, and State Chief of Protocol, Lawal Kazaure.

    According to the statement, the minister thanked the President for sending the delegation and expressed appreciation of the family for his demonstration of love.

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