Buhari defies critics and calls as well as writes to Bisi Akande over the loss of his wife

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari reportedly telephoned the former chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chief Bisi Akande earlier today to offer his condolences over the death of his wife.


Chief Akande's wife Mrs. Omowunmi Akande, passed away earlier this week and was has since been buried in Ila Orangun on Osun State. Her funeral attracted dignitaries from across Nigeria, including acting president Professor Yemi Osinbajo, numerous governors, traditional rulers and politicians.


Over the last two months, President Buhari has been on sick leave in London and is rumoured to be incapacitated but according to the presidency he took the time to ring Chief Akande as well as write to him. Presidency spokesman Mallam Garba Shehu, said President Buhari wrote Chief Akande a letter of condolence after an earlier telephone call to him yesterday.

He added that in the statement, President Buhari described the loss of Chief Akande’s wife of over 50 years as irreparable. Publishing the contents of the letter, Mallam Shehu said President Buhari asked that Allah give Chief Akande the strength and Iman to endure her passing away.

“I received the very sad news of the death of your dearly beloved wife, Madam Omowunmi Akande this morning. I am following our phone call with this letter of condolence, which comes from my heart.

“To lose a wife, a dear wife after 50 years, a constant and loving companion through good and bad times, is a blow only a man of unshakeable faith can withstand. Please extend my personal condolences to the immediate and wider Akande family and to friends of the family for this irreparable loss," President Buhari said.