President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of late Sen. Mustapha Bukar, who died on Wednesday in Abuja.
The 63 year-old Senator represented Katsina North Senatorial District before his death.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Buhari, who arrived at the residence of the late senator as 6:00 pm on Friday, said the deceased was his very close ally “in difficulties and in joy.”
“His death has deeply touched me personally and officially,” the President said, adding that Nigeria would miss the wisdom and political sagacity of Bukar.
Buhari prayed fervently for the repose of the soul of the deceased and urged the family to bear the irreplaceable loss.
He described Bukar as humble, honest, hardworking and a God fearing personality who placed national interest above all other considerations.
“He played politics with decency, decorum and understanding; his death is a personal loss to me and the nation in general.”
Abdullahi Bukar, elder brother to the deceased, thanked the president and said the family was very appreciative of the visit.
The President visited the Bukar family in company of the Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari.
Buhari is expected to depart Daura on Monday.
Senate President Bukola Saraki also visited Daura today to commiserate with the Bukar family and the Emir Umar Farouk Umar.