Barely four days after the Chief of Staff to the Nigerian President died, one of his bodyguards, Warrant Officer Lawal Mato, on Tuesday succumbed to complications from diabetes.
Mayo had been battling diabetes for three years.
President Muhammadu Buhari described the officer as a “very thorough, trustworthy and dependable soldier who carried out his duty with diligence and focus”.
“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,” he said in a statement.
The statement was signed by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
Buhari recalled that Mato had been working with him for many years before he won the 2015 election.
He prayed that “God would ease Mato’s passage to paradise and grant his family, government and people of Jigawa State the fortitude to bear the loss.”