President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of Sen. Saidu Kumo, describing his demise as “a major loss to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)”.
The president expressed the grief in a condolence message issued by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Sunday.
Buhari said: “He (Kumo) was our pillar of strength in Gombe State, whose defection in 2019 had energised our supporters for change.”
“I have received the news of the death of Sen. Kumo with profound shock and sadness because his contributions to the growth of our party cannot be forgotten.
“Let me put it on record that the history of our victory in 2019 cannot be written without reckoning with the significant contributions of the late Sen. Saidu Umar Kumo, who had brought his enormous political goodwill into our efforts to retain power.”
Besides, Buhari mourned the death of the Madawakin Keffi, Abubakar Senior, a distinguished civil servant and the second-in-command in the Keffi Emirate Council.
He prayed to Allah to forgive the souls of Kumo and Senior, while rewarding their good deeds with aljannah (Paradise).
The president also prayed that God would grant fortitude to their respective families, friends, associates, the governments and people of Gombe and Nasarawa States to bear the losses.