Umar Pariya: Atiku, Buhari mourn


Alhaji Umar Pariya, longstanding aide to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is dead.
Pariya, better known as “Mr Pee” died on Tuesday and has since been buried in accordance with Islamic rite.
A statement by the Atiku Media Office described the death of the former Vice President’s Personal Assistant as sad and painful.
“He (Pariya) was a committed loyalist, a strong pillar of support in (my) life’s journeys and struggles in good, rough and uncertain times.
“He gave a good account of his service to the nation and association with my humble self, right from our days in the Department of Customs and Excise spanning over three decades.
He showed love and solidarity to me and my family and in the process became a member of my family”, the statement quoted Atiku as saying.
The former Vice President takes solace in the reality that Allah gives life and determines when He calls whomever He created.
“I commiserate with his wives, children and his friends; people who have benefitted from his kind-hearted nature. He was dear to many in high and low places. I will greatly miss him!”, Atiku said.
He prays to Almighty Allah to forgive Umar Pariya his sins and grant him Aljannah Firdaus.
Also, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed condolence to Atiku over the death of Pariya.
The President’s condolence message is contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Tuesday.
Adesina quoted Buhari as saying: “I received the news of the death of your close aide, Alhaji Pariya, with a heavy heart. It is very touching to lose such a personal aide of many years.
“May Allah grant you the strength to bear the irreparable loss.
‘‘May Allah grant his family the strength to absorb the impact of this death, forgive his shortcomings and reward his good deeds in the hereafter.”


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