Buhari Writes, Calls Akande over Wife’s Death

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By Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed “heart-felt” sadness over the death of Mrs. Omowunmi Akande, wife of the former interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande.

A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said Buhari wrote Akande a letter of condolence after an earlier telephone call to him on Wednesday.

The statement said Buhari described  the loss of Akande’s wife of over 50 years as “irreparable”.

The content of the letter as presented by Shehu, reads: “I received the very sad news of the death of your dearly beloved wife, Madam Omowunmi Akande this morning. I am following our phone call with this letter of condolence, which comes from my heart.

“To lose a wife, a dear wife after 50 years, a constant and loving companion through good and bad times, is a blow only a man of unshakeable faith can withstand. Please extend my personal condolences to the immediate and wider Akande family and to friends of the family for this irreparable loss.

“May Allah give you the strength and Iman to endure her passing away.”