Sokoto Gov, Tambuwal Loses Father

Sheikh Haruna Tambuwal, father of Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal is dead.

He died on Thursday at the age of 96 after a brief illness at his residence in Tambuwal Council of Sokoto.

The 96-year-old is survived by children, including the governor, as well as grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Being a devout Muslim, he has been buried according to Islamic rites.

Meanwhile, a former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Peter Obi have reacted to the death of the Islamic cleric.

Atiku and Obi sent condolences to the bereaved Governor in separate tweets on Friday night.

Atiku wrote, "Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un. I am saddened at the loss of Sheikh Haruna Tambuwal, the father of Gov. @AWTambuwal.

"May he be a beneficiary of the blessings associated with the blessed Ramadan season. I pray to Allah to forgive his sins and grant him Aljannah Firdaus. Ameen"

Also in his message to Governor Tambuwal, Obi said, "My dear brother Gov @AWTambuwal, I received the news of the death of your beloved father with sadness. On behalf of my family, please accept my deepest condolences. I pray that Almighty God shall strengthen and comfort you and yours. May his soul rest in peace. Amen."

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