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Tafawa Balewa’s last surviving wife dies, Buhari reacts

Hajiya Jummai Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the last surviving wife of Nigeria’s first Prime Minister, late Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, is dead.

Okay.ng gathered that the late Hajiya Jummai died in Lagos in the early hours of Sunday after a protracted illness before her death.

She was recently discharged from an India hospital after she went to seek medical attention for her heart disease.

Buhari reacting to the death of Hajiya Jummai Abubakar, in a statement on Sunday evening issued by Garba Shehu, condoled with the family of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the late Prime Minister.

“It was with the deepest sense of sorrow that I have learnt of the tragic demise of Hajiya Jummai Tafawa Balewa. In her sad demise, Nigeria has lost an outstanding political figure, who was passionately committed to the cause of the family and the legacies of her late husband.

“I convey my heartfelt condolences to members of the bereaved family, the government and people of Bauchi State and the entire people of our dear country. May Allah repose her soul.”

Meanwhile President Buhari has directed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, to make an aircraft from the Presidential fleet available for the evacuation of the remains of the late Prime Minister’s wife from Lagos where she died in a private hospital, to Bauchi where her burial events will take place tomorrow, (Monday).

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