Barely four days after losing his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari to coronavirus complications, President Muhammadu Buhari is again, mourning his bodyguard for many years, Warrant Officer Lawal Mato.
A statement today, April 21, by the special assistant to the President on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, said that Mato died today after three years of struggling with diabetes.
The statement quoted the President as describing 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.’’
It said that 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.
Warrant Officer 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.