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VP leads dignitaries at Yar’Adua’s 40-day Fidau prayers

By AbdulSalam Muhammad
Vice-President  Namadi Sambo, Monday, led the Federal Government delegation at the 40-day Fidau prayers for the late President, Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua, amid tight security.

Vice-President Sambo was accompanied by the governors of Bauchi, Ekiti, Kebbi, Kwara, Niger and Sokoto, and representatives of Jigawa State Government and ministers.

The prayers, originally scheduled to commence by 11a.m. was delayed by almost an hour and half due to the late arrival of the Federal Government delegation from Abuja.

Sambo arrived Yar’Adua’s residence at 12.26 p.m. in company of the host Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Shema, and was received by the  Special Adviser to the President on Protocol, Alhaji Inuwa Baba, alongside senior members of the Yar’Adua’s family.

The prayers which lasted 15minutes, was conducted at the family residence at Yar’Adua Quarters, was led by Ustaz Nasiru Adam Funtua and assisted by clerics from several parts of the state.

Yar’Adua, the 13th Nigerian President, died in office on May 5 after a protracted illness.

Security operatives cordoned off all roads leading to the family residence of the late president to control human and vehicular movement and prevented many people from getting to the venue.

Armed soldiers were drafted to the streets to complement the effort of the heavily-armed mobile and regular policemen backed by paramilitary force.

Sambo, shortly after the prayers met and condoled with the matriarch of the Yar’Adua family, Hajiya Habiba Dada Yar’Adua, and the former first lady, Hajiya Turai.

The Vice-President left the family residence at 1.13 p.m. and went to commiserate with the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji AbdulMumuni Kabir Usman, before moving to the  Government House enroute Abuja.

Also on hand at the family residence on Monday were the former National Security Adviser, General Sarki Muhktar; Emir of Daura, PDP Deputy National Chairman, Bello Haliru; Secretary to the Jigawa State Government, Aminu Taura;  Jigwa Commissioner for Rural Infrastructure, Alhaji Jinjiri Dutse, and a host of other dignitaries.


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