Ailing President Mohammadu Buhari who is still in London, United Kingdom, has condoled with the former chairman of the All Progressives Conggress, Chief Bisi Akande over the death of his wife, Omowunmi.
Chief Mrs. Omowunmi Akande died on Tuesday July 11, 2017, at the University Teaching Hospital, Ibadan Oyo State.
This was disclosed by the President’s aide, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Shehu Garba, on Thursday.
According to a statement released Garba, President Buhari wrote a letter of condolence to the bereaved politician hours after the call.
The President’s letter reads:
“I received the very sad news of the death of your dearly beloved wife, Madam Omowunmi Akande this morning. I am following our phone call with this letter of condolence, which comes from my heart. To lose a wife, a dear wife after 50 years, a constant and loving companion through good and bad times, is a blow only a man of unshakeable faith can withstand. Please extend my personal condolences to the immediate and wider Akande family and to friends of the family for this irreparable loss. May Allah give you the strength and Iman to endure her passing away.”
Meanwhile, the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osibanjo paid a condolence visit on the former APC chairman on the demise of his wife at his Ila residence in Osun State.
According to the Acting President’s spokesperson, Laolu Akande, tweeting with his Twitter handle (@akandeoj), Osinbajo described the late Mrs. Akande as, “A true gem, mothering & supporting to the end”.(sic)
The deceased’s burial was set for today with a family statement, released yesterday, saying, “The family of Chief Bisi Akande, the Asiwaju of Ila Orangun, announces the passing to glory of our matriarch, Chief (Mrs.) Omowunmi Akande.
“Our mother slept in the Lord at 4.30pm on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.
“Aged 73 years, she will be buried at 10am tomorrow, July 13, 2017 at the Ila Orangun country house of Chief Bisi Akande. May her soul rest in peace, amen.”