Jonathan, Tinubu, governors condole with el-Rufai over son’s death
President Goodluck Jonathan, All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and some governors yesterday commiserated with former Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, on the death of his son, Hamza, in an accident.
Hamza, a graduate of the University of Virginia and United World College of the Atlantic in the United States, died in an auto crash in the FCT.
The President, Tinubu, Governors Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Ramalan Yero (Kaduna) and Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) expressed shock over the death of the young El-Rufai.
They noted that no amount of consolation could fill the gap that Hamza’s death has created.
In a statement yesterday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, the President commiserated with El-Rufai and members of his family.
He hoped the outpouring of support by friends and associates would comfort the former minister.
Jonathan prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the departed and God’s blessings, comfort and protection on Mallam El-Rufai and the rest of his family.
A statement in Lagos said Asiwaju Tinubu called Mallam El-Rufai to commiserate with him on the death of his son.
The frontline politician offered soothing words from the Holy Qur’an and prayed Allah to grant El-Rufai the strength to bear the very painful loss.
Tinubu said: “The news of your son’s death came to me as a shock. It must have been most wrenching for you. I feel your pain as a parent myself. I can only offer you words of consolation from Allah. He is the one who gives and takes away.
“Be assured that my family and I and the APC family are with you in prayers during this very sad and painful period. God will keep you all that are left behind in His full protection and prevent further danger and deaths in your family.
“You must never let this put you down. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.”
Amosun expressed deep shock and sent heartfelt condolences to the family of Mallam El-Rufai.
In a statement yesterday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Olufunmilayo Wakama, the governor described the demise of Hamzat as “most regrettable and unfortunate”.
Amosun added: “It is so sad that his life was cut short in a fatal accident at a time he would have been contributing his quota to the development of his fatherland after acquiring a good education.”
The governor prayed Allah to grant the soul of the departed Al-Janah Fridaus and his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Ajimobi commiserated with El-Rufai through a statement yesterday in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, by his Special Adviser on Media, Dr. Festus Adedayo.
The governor described the death of the son of the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain as unfortunate and disheartening.
Ajimobi said: “It is with deep shock that I received the death of Hamza, a promising young man, in a ghastly motor accident that occurred in Abuja on Tuesday.
“It is even more painful considering the fact that he was snatched by the cold hands of death at the prime of his life.”
The governor described the deceased as a rising star and potential leader of tomorrow.
He urged the former minister to accept the incident as an act of God, adding that nothing could happen to any human being without the knowledge of God.
Ajimobi prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased. He beseeched God to grant El-Rufai and his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Yero expressed deep sadness over Hamza’s death.
In a condolence message by his Director-General, Media and Publicity, Malam Ahmed Maiyaki, the governor said he received news of Hamza’s death with shock and grief.
He said: “The demise of Hamza, a young, intelligent young man with bright prospects, is a huge loss to the country, especially to us in Kaduna State.”
Yero urged El-Rufai’s family to take the irreparable loss as an act of Allah, who knows best.
He said: “I urge the entire El-Rufai family, their friends and associates to take solace in the fact that the late Hamza lived a short but eventful lifetime full of positive narrations.”
Yero prayed Allah to grant the soul of the late Hamza eternal rest.
The governor also prayed Almighty Allah to grant the El-Rufai family the fortitude to bear the loss.
Aregbesola also condoled with El-Rufai over his son’s death.
In a statement in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, the governor said death, though the end of everything, came too early for Hamza.
He stressed that whatever comes a man’s way should be seen as an act of God, which every mortal has little or no control over.
Aregbesola said: “We are indeed saddened by the untimely demise of our dear son, Hamza. In as much as we have lost a gem in this young man, we, however, take solace in the fact that only Allah knows what is best for his creatures.
“We, the government and people of Osun, express our heart-felt condolences to the immediate and extended families of El-Rufai.
“We pray that Allah will grant the departed Al-Janah Firdaus.”
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