President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger State have commiserated with the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai and his family over the loss of his father, Mallam Yusuf Buratai.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement signed by him on Friday in Abuja.
In a condolence message to his family, Buhari described the late ex-serviceman as one whose service to Nigeria would always be appreciated and remembered.
He added that late Yusuf’s years of service to the nation epitomised by courage, skill, determination and devotion has been rightly bequeathed to his son, who is diligently serving the country.
The President prayed that the Almighty Allah comforts all who mourn the late patriot and grant his soul eternal rest.
Governor Sani-Bello, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mallam Jibrin Baba Ndace, condoled with Buratai, over the death of his father, Yusuf Buratai who died on Friday, in a hospital in Maiduguri after a brief illness.
He described late Buratai as a “vibrant leader who was a great promoter of peaceful co-existence, development and the unity of the country.
He lauded the efforts of the ex-serviceman who joined the West African Army in 1942 and fought the Second World War.
The Governor prayed Allah to grant the deceased Aljana Firdausi and prayed Allah to give the family the fortitude to bear the loss.
Late Alhaji Yusufu Buratai was married with 14 children, including the chief of Army Staff and many grandchildren.
He was also a military personality having been a non-commissioned officer in the West African Frontier Force.