President Muhammadu Buhari On Tuesday said he received the news announcing the passing of his close ally, friend and associate, Malam Wada Maida with deep sorrow.

President Buhari, in a condolence statement issued by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, said the stewardship and loyalty of Wada who died at 70 to him and the country over many years had been with great distinction.

“I am profoundly shocked by the sudden death of Malam Wada Maida, my former Press Secretary, a man who possessed one of the highest qualities of professional integrity throughout the course of his journalistic career, the President also said.

According to him, “Wada Maida was a very dedicated, hardworking, and loyal professional for whom I have the deepest respect and admiration.”

The President said that “the passion with which Maida did his job accounted for his professional success in life, making it possible for him to attain the pinnacle of excellence in his career.”

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