Pres. Buhari Mourns Supreme Council Of Islamic Affairs' Colossal Figure's Death
President Muhammadu Buhari/File Photo

President Muhammadu Buhari has consoled the Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) over the death of its Deputy President-General, Alhaji Sakariyahu Babalola.

Concise News reports that the president’s condolence message was communicated in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Wednesday.

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The president also extended sincere condolences to the “family and friends of Alhaji Babalola and all Muslim Ummah who are mourning the loss of the accomplished businessman, whose life was defined by service to others.”

He noted with delight Babalola’s contributions to the Islamic community in Nigeria, particularly in his capacity as the President-General of the Muslim Ummah of Southwest Nigeria (MUSWEN).

The president also affirmed that Babalola would be long remembered for promoting peace, generosity and compassion.

The president prayed Almighty Allah to grant the soul of the departed eternal rest and comfort all mourning him.

Buhari congratulates Kano, Plateau governors on election tribunal victories

In related news, President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Governors Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and Simon Lalong of Plateau on their victories in the March 2019 gubernatorial polls at their respective State Governorship Election’s Petition Tribunals.

Buhari, who is travelling to South Africa on a State Visit, extended his goodwill to the duo on Wednesday shortly before departing Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The president, in a statement by Garba Shehu, in Abuja described the verdict of the tribunals as a victory for democracy.

He commended the people of Kano and Plateau States for maintaining peace and allowing the due process of law to prevail as well as respecting the role of the judiciary in a democracy.

Buhari urged the governors to unite their states by focusing more on inclusive and accountable governance and ensuring that all APC programmes targeted at improving the welfare of Nigerians were fully implemented.

He assured them that the Federal Government would continue to work with states to create economic growth that benefits everyone, and security for human lives, investments and the environment.

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