Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, has lost another close aide few days after his chief of staff, Abba Kyari succumbed to complications arising from COVID-19.
The president’s personal bodyguard, Warrant Officer Lawal Mato, died Tuesday after what presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, said was a battle with diabetes.
He died after three years of struggling with diabetes, Shehu, announced in a statement.
Late Mato was described by the presidency as a “very thorough, trustworthy and dependable soldier who carried out his duties with diligence and focus.”
The president, according to Shehu, prayed that Allah would ease his passage to paradise and grant his family, government and people of Jigawa State the fortitude to bear the loss.
Late Mato was said to be part of a team that former president, late Umaru Musa Yar’adua left at the presidency as personal security.