While President Muhammadu Buhari was still mourning the passing on of his Chief of Staff, CoS, and a confidant of over 40 years standing, Mallam Abba Kyari, another close aide of the President, one of his bodyguards, Warrant Officer Lawal Mato, passed away on Tuesday.
Mato gave up the ghost after three years of struggling with diabetes, according to a release by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu.
President Buhari described Mato, who had been working with him for many years before he won the 2015 presidential elections, as a “very thorough, trustworthy and dependable soldier who carried out his duties with diligence and focus.’’
He prayed that Allah would ease his passage to paradise and grant his family, the government and people of Jigawa State the fortitude to bear the loss.
Warrant Officer Mato was part of a team that late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua restored to President Buhari as personal security, but had been off full duty for three years due to his ailment.