Warrant Officer Lawal Mato, one of the personal bodyguards of President Muhammadu Buhari died on Tuesday, April 21, after struggling with diabetes.
The presidency in a statement through, Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson, disclosed that the deceased who had been off full duty for three years was treating diabetes.
Mato was said to be part of a team that former president, Umaru Musa Yar’adua, restored to President Buhari as personal security.
The presidency said the officer had been working with Buhari for many years before he won the 2015 elections.
According to the presidency, Buhari described the late officer as a very thorough trustworthy and dependable soldier who carried out his duty with diligence and focus.
“President Buhari prayed that Allah will ease his passage to paradise and grant his family, government and people of Jigawa State, the fortitude to bear the loss,” the presidency said.