Walin Sokoto to be buried Monday


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The late Walin Sokoto, Amb. Hamzat Ahmad, will be buried on Monday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

NAN also reports that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be performed on Monday morning at 10.00 a.m. at the Sultan’s Palace in Sokoto according to Islamic rites.

Ahmad, an accomplished diplomat and technocrat, died at a private hospital in Lagos, aged 92.

The deceased served as Personal Secretary to two Nigerian military leaders– General Aguiyi Ironsi and General Yakubu Gowon.

He had served as Nigeria’s Ambassador to United States, Germany, France and the former Soviet Union (USSR).

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State had described Ahmad as peace-loving and a committed family man who gave invaluable contributions to the unity and development of Nigeria.

“He was an accomplished diplomat who distinguished himself in his chosen specialties.

”As an elder statesman, his wise counsel served both the older and younger generation of leaders not only in Sokoto, but in Nigeria as a whole,” a statement issued from the Governor’s Office by Malam Imam Imam, quoted Tambuwal as saying.

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