President Muhammadu Buhari has lost one of his personal bodyguards, Warrant Officer Lawal Mato, just four days after the death of his chief of staff, Abba Kyari.
Mato died on Tuesday after three years of struggling with diabetes.
The President, in a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, described the officer, who had been working with him for many years before he won the 2015 elections, as “very thorough, trustworthy and dependable soldier who carried out his duty with diligence and focus.”
President Buhari prayed that Allah will ease his passage to paradise and grant his family, government and people of Jigawa State, the fortitude to bear the loss.
Mato was part of a team that former President Umaru Yar’adua restored to Buhari as personal security.
He had been off full duty for three years, treating diabetes.