Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, yesterday commiserated with the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-General Tukur Buratai over the death of his father-in-law. Alhaji Aliyu Baba, father to the wife of the army chief, UmmulKulsum Buratai, died recently in Jalingo. Buratai arrived in Jalingo at the weekend on a condolence visit to the family of his wife.
He was received by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Anthony Jellason, who represented Governor Ishaku at the deceased family residence. Condoling with the family, Ishaku said he received the news of the demise of the late elder statesman with deep shock, describing deceased as a public servant whose contributions to the public health sector was immense.
He urged those he left behind to emulate the good virtues he stood for in his life time. The governor prayed Allah to grant the family the strength to bear the great loss and the deceased eternal rest.
The deceased was survived by many children and grandchildren, among whom are Air Commodore, Kabiru Aliyu, Commandant 106 Air Force Camp, Mogadishu Barracks, Abuja, Ummulkulsum Buratai, wife of the Chief of Army Staff and Dr. Thirmizi Aliyu, a lecturer with the Taraba State University, Jalingo.
Meanwhile, the Governor, Darius Ishaku, yesterday said he was appalled and devastated when he learnt about the death of Alhaji HammanGabdo Muhammadu Sambo, a first class traditional ruler of Gashaka chiefdom. The Lamdo Gashaka died at an Abuja hospital on Saturday at the age of 80 after a protracted illness.
Governor Ishaku in a press statement yesterday by his Chief Press Secretary, Hassan Mijinyawa, described the death of Lamdo Gashaka as ‘shocking and great loss to Taraba State and Nigeria as a whole.’ Ishaku said Sambo was ‘a courageous and sincere monarch, whose wisdom and honest counseling would be missed greatly, especially at this moment of our statehood.’