Vice President Sambo’s brother dies in Abuja auto crash

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Apr 27th, 2014
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The immediate younger brother of Vice President Namadi Sambo, Yusuf died on Sunday in a motor accident on Abuja Airport Road.

Yusuf according to Sambo was one of the most experienced pilots in the country.

The remains of the deceased have been interred at a cemetery in Abuja.

President Goodluck Jonathan and the First Lady, Dame Patience led some top government officials to condole with Sambo over the death of his brother, Yusuf.

At the time of the accident, the Vice President was away in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania representing President Jonathan at the country’s golden jubilee anniversary.

He arrived back to Nigeria on Sunday and immediately headed to the National Mosque where a brief funeral service was conducted in honour of the deceased.

At the Akinola Aguda official residence of the Vice President, President described the circumstances of the deceased’s death as saddening.

Jonathan, who got the news while on his way back to Abuja from Bayelsa said that yesterday was one of the saddest days in Nigeria.

According to him, human beings are mere mortals and death is a journey everybody must make.

Jonathan said, “We are all mere mortals. All of us are from the earth, we must all go back to the earth. We do not know the timing of this journey all of us must make.

“This world is a place where we come to play our different roles. He left too early. Maybe he left when the ovation is loudest. He left at a time we needed him most. But there is nothing we can do.”

Sambo thanked the President for leading government officials to condole with him.

Among the early callers at the Vice President’s official residence were Governor Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State; Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar; Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Muhammed; Minister of Defence, Aliyu Guasu; Minister of State, Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro; and other members of the cabinet.

Also at the Vice President’s residence are the former Minister of Defense, Haliru Bello Moh’d, National Security Adviser ( NSA), Col Sambo Dasuki, Head

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