The Presidency said that Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State missed the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the Progressives Governors because of the burial of his stepmother who died recently.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, gave the explanation in a statement on Tuesday, shortly after the APC governors paid homage to the President in Daura, Katsina State.
“President Muhammadu Buhari, Tuesday, expressed sorrow on the death of Madam Rekiya Momoh Bello, the stepmother of Yahaya Bello, the governor of Kogi State.
“The governor’s absence at the meeting of Progressive Governors with the President in Daura, Katsina State earlier in the day got the attention of President Buhari and was informed of the death of Madam Rekiya, whose burial made Governor Bello to stay back in his state,” the statement said.
The President, according to Shehu, expressed condolences to the family, the government and people of Kogi State over the irreparable loss.
He also wished peace for the departed soul and prayed to Allah to grant her bereaved families the strength to bear the loss.