Buhari Sympathises With Gen Diya Over Wife’s Death

By Shola Akingboye 21st May 2020 Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with former Chief of General Staff, Lt.-Gen. Oladipo Diya, on the death of his wife, Deborah.

Chief Deborah Folashade Diya, the junior wife of Nigeria’s former Chief of General Staff and de facto Military Vice President, during General Sanni Abacha’s regime; bid farewell to mother earth on May 18.

RegentAfrica Times authoritatively gathered that, the diseased was getting set to celebrate her 66th birthday on May 23, with few family and friends before she gave up the ghost.

Though the cause of her death was not disclosed to the general public, but sources claimed her death came with a likely COVID-19 related symptom.

According to family sources, she was in great condition until last week. “Chief Mrs Deborah was in good condition until she started feeling funny last week, she was evacuated to an hospital in Ikoyi, Lagos where she was already responding to treatment and the doctors were preparing to discharge her. Suddenly, we just got a call that she gave up on Monday May 18,” the source said.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, the President joins family members, friends and associates of Chief Folashade Diya, particularly members of the United African Methodist (Evangelical) Church, in mourning the devout Christian, who the president said dedicated her time on earth to serve God, and working for the good of others.

“President Buhari while prayed for the soul of the departed, even as he joined her family, friends and her church to mourn her departure. affirms that the wife of the former Chief of General Staff lived to encourage and inspire many on faith in God, demonstrating love, kindness and generosity through focus on helping the underprivileged, and counselling many.

“The President prays that the soul of the departed will find rest in God.”

It was also gathered that the deceased during her lifetime was a devout Christian, a loyal and dedicated wife, a loving mother, an alluring grandmother. She was a passionate chorister and member at United African Methodist (Evangelical) Church, Abule Ijesha, Yaba, Lagos where she also holds various religious titles.

Burial arrangements for the deceased are yet to be finalised by family members but series of family meetings are being held to map out plans for a private burial due to the pandemic for the wife of the former military vice president of Nigeria.

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