President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the Sultanate as well as the government and people of Sokoto State on the death of the Walin Sokoto, Amb. Hamzat Ahmad, on Saturday.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the president’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu.
The statement said the president in a condolence letter to the Sokoto State Government described Ahmad as a reputable public servant and highly distinguished diplomat who spent most of his life in the service of his country.
Buhari, according to the condolence letter, said the demise of the former Nigerian ambassador, who served in London and Washington DC, was a great loss to his community and the entire country.
‘‘I have learnt with deep shock and grief of the passing away of Alhaji Hamzat Ahmad (Walin Sokoto).
“His death is a great loss to Sokoto State, the diplomatic and business communities and to the Nigerian public service.
‘‘Alhaji Hamzat served meritoriously as a senior civil servant in the old Northern Nigeria Government and with the Federal Civil Service.
“In Lagos, he held the post of Principal Secretary to the then Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, whom he served with diligence and loyalty.
‘‘Please convey my sincere condolences to His Royal Highness, the Sultan of Sokoto, his family and the good people of Sokoto State on the demise of their illustrious son,” the condolence letter stated.
The president prayed that the Almighty God would grant the soul of the late Walin Sokoto a peaceful rest and grant his family the strength to bear the loss.