Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


President Jonathan, Wife others pay condolence visit to VP

28 April 2014, 08:43

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan and his wife, Patience, on Sunday led some top government officials to pay condolence visit on Vice President Namadi Sambo over the death of his brother, Yusuf.

Jonathan, at the Akinola Aguda House the official residence of the Vice President, described human beings as mere mortals, saying ‘death is a journey everybody must make.’

He said: “we are all mere mortals. All of us are from the Earth; we must all go back to the Earth. We do not know the timing of this journey all of us must make.”

“This world is a place where we come to play our different roles. He (Yusuf) left too early.”

“Maybe he left when the ovation is loudest. He left at a time we needed him most. But there is nothing we can do.”

The President also described the circumstances of the deceased's death as saddening.

In his remarks, Sambo thanked the President for leading government officials to console him.

He said the deceased, who was his immediate younger brother, was one of the most experienced pilots in the country.

Special prayers were made for the repose of the deceased's soul.

Some of the early callers at the Vice President's official residence were Gov, Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State; the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar; Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Muhammed and Minister of Defence, Aliyu Guasu.

Others were the Minister of State, Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro, members of the National Assembly, members of the Federal Executive Council as well as other top government officials.

Yusuf, a pilot, died at the age of 58 and was survived by a wife, three daughters and 10 brothers and sisters.

His remains had been interred at Apo cemetery, Abuja, according to Islamic rites.

-    NAN

For the latest on national news, politics, sport, entertainment and more follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...