The Presidency on Tuesday announced the death of one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s bodyguards, Warrant Officer Lawal Mato.
Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, who confirmed this in a statement in Abuja, said Mato passed away after three years of struggling with diabetes.
Mr Shehu quoted the President to have described the officer, who had been working with him for many years before he won the 2015 elections, as “very thorough, trustworthy and dependable soldier who carried out his duty with diligence and focus.’’
President Buhari prayed that Allah will ease his passage to paradise and grant his family, government and people of Jigawa, the fortitude to bear the loss.
Mr Mato was part of a team that former President Umaru Musa Yar’adua restored to President Buhari as personal security and he had been off full duty for three years, treating diabetes.