President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday commiserated with the Urhobo people of Delta on the death of the President-General of the Urhobo Progressive Union (UPU), Major-General Patrick Aziza (rtd).
Aziza, who was the first Military Administrator of Kebbi state between 1991 and 1992, died on Saturday at the age of 67.
Jonathan’s condolence message was contained in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, in Abuja.
The statement also extended the president’s condolences to the Aziza family, the government and people of Delta as well as the late General’s friends, associates and former military colleagues.
“The President joins them in mourning the passage of the former minister and one-time military governor of Kebbi.
“Aziza selflessly dedicated himself to the service of his people and community after retiring from a distinguished career in the nation’s armed forces.
“As they grieve over his death, Jonathan urges members of the Aziza family, the UPU, his friends and former colleagues in the Nigerian Army to accept the will of God Almighty.
“They should be comforted by the knowledge that Aziza served his people and country to the best of his God-given abilities while he lived.’’
NAN reports that the late Aziza, who hailed from Okpe Local Government Area in Delta Central, served as Minister of Communications in the military regime of late Gen. Sani Abacha.
He was also Minister of Commerce and Tourism during the transitional regime of Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar.