Mark, governors, Saraki condole with El-Rufai on son’s death

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Jul 31st, 2014
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Senate President David Mark yesterday commiserated with former Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and his family on the death of his son, Hamza, in an auto crash in Abuja.

In a statement yesterday in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media, Kola Ologbondiyan, the Senate President said he received the news of Hamza’s death with shock and pains.

Mark said the deceased had a bright future and vision, which would have been needed to contribute to the socio-economic and political development of Nigeria.

He said: “It is sad that a promising Hamza, with a very bright future ahead, died in his prime. We cannot question the will of the All-Knowing Almighty creator. We can only pray that Almighty Allah grant him eternal rest and give the immediate family the fortitude to bear this loss.”

Mark implored the bereaved family to take solace in the fact that death is a necessary end that must come to every mortal.

He urged the family to strengthen their faith with Almighty God, adding: “This is one of the challenges and mysteries of our existence as humans because nobody knows the time and the date death would come.”

Also, Governors Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) and the senator representing Kwara Central, Dr Olusola Saraki, have commiserated with Mallam El-Rufai, on the death of Hamza.

The governors expressed sadness over the young El-Rufai’s death and prayed God to strengthen the bereaved family.

Through a statement yesterday in Owerri, the state capital, by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Sam Onwuemeodo, the governor sent his “heartfelt condolences” to the chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on the death of his son in an auto crash last Tuesday in Abuja.

The statement said: “The news of the untimely death of the young El-Rufai in a motor accident while in Nigeria on holiday from his base in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he was a student, came to the governor as a rude shock and, to say the least, most unfortunate.

“Okorocha asked the APC chieftain to look at what happened from the angle that if God did not want it to happen, it would not have happened.

“The Imo governor prayed that God should grant Hamza El-Rufai eternal rest. He also prayed God to grant the father and the entire El-Rufai family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”

Fashola expressed deep shock at the incident.

In a condolence message to the All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, the governor said Hamza’s death is painful, especially when considered that he was a young man with a promising future.

He added that the death was also saddening and regrettable because Hamza was poised to contribute to the development of his fatherland after concluding his education.

In a statement yesterday in Ikeja, by his Specail Adviser on Media, Mr Hakeem Bello, the governor prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed.

Fashola urged Mallam El-Rufai to take solace in the words of the Holy Qur’an that Allah gives and takes away.

He also prayed Almighty Allah to grant the former minister and his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Ahmed, in a statement yesterday in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, described Hamza’s death as painful, unfortunate and shocking.

The governor noted that Hamza was a young man with huge potentials to contribute to national development.

He prayed God to grant the El-Rufai family the fortitude to bear the impact of the death and the deceased eternal rest.

Saraki expressed shock over Hamza’s death.

In a statement yesterday, the senator said he was saddened about the death of the young El-Rufai.

He said: “My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time as they struggle through this period of shock and grief.

“I pray that Almighty Allah will grant him Al-Jannah Firdaus. I also pray that Allah grants the family the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss during this difficult time. May the love of those around them help the family through the days ahead.”


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