Breaking: Buhari’s long time personal bodyguard dies

President Muhammadu Buhari has been hit by another sad blow following the death of his long time personal bodyguard.

The death of the personal bodyguard, Warrant Officer Lawal Mato was announced by the Presidency on Tuesday. 

Mato, according to a statement issued by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, succumbed to diabetes, which he had struggled with in the last three years, on Tuesday. 

He was one of the security details restored back to President Buhari by the late President Umaru Musa-Yar’adua as personal security.

“After three years of struggling with diabetes, one of President Muhammadu Buhari’s bodyguards, Warrant Officer Lawal Mato, on Tuesday passed away.

“The President described the officer, who had been working with him for many years before he won the 2015 elections, as ‘very thorough, trustworthy and dependable soldier who carried out his duty with diligence and focus.

“President Buhari prayed that Allah will ease his passage to paradise and grant his family, government and people of Jigawa State, the fortitude to bear the loss.

“WO Mato was part of a team that former President Umaru Musa Yar’adua restored to President Buhari as personal security and he had been off full duty for three years, treating diabetes”, the statement said.

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