Sani Yekini, a protocol officer attached to the office of the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, has passed away.
The First Lady announced Yekini’s demise via her official Twitter account, where she said that the deceased who, according to Mrs Buhari, suffered from a diabetic condition, worked with her for 4 years.
Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun. On behalf of my family and entire staff of my office, I wish to condole the family of Mr Sani Yekini, a protocol officer in my office who died earlier today.
May Allah grant him Jannatul Firdaus.
Mr Yekini served in my office for 4 years, he was down with diabetes and lost the battle today . Loudly crying face.
He was a very committed, dedicated and courageous staff.
May God grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.
The death of Yekini brings to four three the number of deaths recorded so far by the presidency this year only.
In April, Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, died of COVID-19 complications after he was said to have contracted the disease while on official duty to Egypt and Germany.
Kyari’s death was closely followed by the demise Warrant Officer, Lawal Mato, who reportedly died of a similar case as Yekini.
The Presidency revealed that Mato, who had served President Buhari since he came to power in 2015, died of diabetes. Although there have been arguments that these deaths may be COVID-19 related.
Meanwhile, the death of the First Lady’s aide has been greeted with sadness as some Nigerians expressed their condolences and wished Mrs Buhari the fortitude to bear the loss.
However, some other Nigerians saw the development as an opportunity to slam the presidency for its failure to address the killings in several parts of the country.
They claimed that the presidency valued the life of one person over several other massacred by bandits.
See tweet below:
Inna lillahi wa Inna ilaihi Rajiun.
On behalf of my family and entire staff of my office, I wish to condole the family of Mr Sani Yekini a protocol officer in my office who died earlier today.
May Allah grant him Jannatul Firdaus. pic.twitter.com/6PWFtQIZqe
— Aisha M. Buhari (@aishambuhari) June 10, 2020