President Muhammadu Buhari, Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, and the governors of Edo, Kebbi, Sokoto and ZamfaraÂ States yesterday joined the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Tukur Buratai, to observe the third day prayers for the repose of his father, Yusuf.
The president, according to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, was represented by a government delegation led by the Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari.
Kyari was accompanied by the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Sulaiman Hassan Zarma Babagana Kingibe, Alhaji Ismaila Isa and presidential aides, Yaâ€™u Darazo, Sarki Abba and Garba Shehu.
The Permanent Secretary, State House, Jalal Arabi, was also on the delegation.
The president, in his message, which was read by Minister Sulaiman Hassan listed the good qualities of the deceased which included honesty, patriotism and the fear of God, adding that these had endeared the late Yusuf to people of different backgrounds.
The president described the late father of the Chief of Army Staff, himself a veteran of the World War 11, as a â€œman of exemplary conduct who had left behind lasting legacies for his country and beyond. He has indeed left behind a good name and reputation to be proud of.â€
Governor Shettima ,who responded on behalf of the grieving family and the people of the state, said his people would remain forever indebted to President Buhari for restoring peace to the Northeast.
He promised that they would continue to support the administration.