SWITZERLAND, NOVEMBER 20 – Prominent political leaders including Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu and President Muhammadu Buhari have expressed condolence to former Vice President and opposition leader, Atiku Abubakar, over the death of a close aide, Alhaji Umar Pariya.
In his reaction to the sad event, President Buhari said: “I received the news of the death of your close aide, Alhaji Pariya, with a heavy heart. It is very touching to lose such a personal aide of many years. May Allah grant you the strength to bear the irreparable loss.
“May Allah grant his family the strength to absorb the impact of this death, forgive his shortcomings and reward his good deeds in the hereafter,” the president continued.
APC Nationals leader and former Lagos state governor, Bola Tinubu also condoled with the former Vice President.
” My condolences to Vice President Atiku Abubakar over the loss. May VP Atiku, family, friends and associates of the late Pariya find the strength to live through this sudden and untimely demise.
” I’m deeply saddened by the death of Umar Pariya. I knew him very well. He was very cerebral. An excellent human being, Umar Pariya had a welcoming and accommodating spirit. May his soul rest in the bosom of the Lord.”
Atiku reported Pariya’s death on Tuesday via a heart-touching message.
“Umar Pariya was much more than a longstanding aide to me; he was incredibly loyal and qualified as a member of my family. He will be missed. May Allah comfort his family, forgive his sins and grant him AlJannah Firdaus. Ameen,” Atiku tweeted.
Pariya passed on Tuesday morning in Dubai, UAE after a brief illness.
A family source was quoted saying Pariya had been on life support for two weeks before his death.
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said in a series of tweets on Tuesday that he received the news with shock.
“I received with shock the sad news of the sudden death of Alhaji Umar Pariya. Alh Pariya was an exceptionally gifted and energetic man who pursued with courage; causes that were larger than himself. Humility was his trademark and loyalty his seal,” he wrote.
The former lawmaker added: “I extend my heartfelt condolences to his immediate family and pray God to grant them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. May his soul rest in perfect peace. I also specially condole with our leader, His Excellency former Vice President, Alhaji @atiku, Wazirin Adamawa.
“Undoubtedly, you have lost a loyal, hardworking and committed associate who stood by and with you in all circumstances. May God comfort you and fill the huge vacuum created by Alhaji Pariya’s demise.”