President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed condolence over the death of former Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and a member of the Board of Trustees of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Dr. Hassan Lawal.
He described Lawal as a strong pillar of support in Nasarawa State and the North Central geo-political zone as a whole.
He sent his condolence message to the Lawal family and government and people of Nasarawa State.
President Buhari, who was represented at the burial of Lawal by a delegation led by the Minister of State for Environment, Mallam Ibrahim Jibril, said the death of his ally was painful.
His words: “I was shocked to hear of the passing of Dr Lawal. He will be missed by thousands of people whom he had assisted in one way or the other.
‘‘His role in politics and the development of his community, state and nation will remain an inspiration for other political actors.
‘‘My condolences to his family, close associates and the people of Nasarawa State.”
The presidential delegation to the burial included Sarki Abba and Senior Special Assistants to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, and Ambassador Lawal Kazaure, the state chief of protocol.
Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura of Nassarawa State, who received the government delegation at the palace of the Emir of Keffi, Dr. Shehu Chindo Yamusa thanked President Buhari for sharing the moment of grief with the people of the state.