BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE
The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari, during the week, led a Federal Government delegation on a condolence visit to the Senegalese Government over the passing of Sheikh Ahmed Tidiane Niass, the Grand Khalifa of the Tijjaniyya Islamic movement in Africa.
Kyari, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari during the visit, presented the Nigerian leader’s letter of condolence to President Macky Sall of Senegal in the Federal Government’s delegation that included the Comptroller General of Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammadu Babandede, among others.
President Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Garba Shehu, quoted the president
as having told his Senegalese counterpart in the condolence: “It is really sad news for all of us to learn that our beloved Khalifa, Sheikh Ahmed Niass, has passed away in Senegal.
“Sheikh Ahmed Niass, who took over from his father, Sheikh Ibrahim Niass, did not at all disappoint the large followers of his greatly adored father.
“He will be remembered for his impeccable service to Islam and passion towards the sect’s followers, which has a large body in Nigeria,”
President Buhari had earlier in the week condoled with the people of Senegal and millions of members of the Tijjaniyya Islamic sect over the Grand Khalifa’s death.
- Pix: NNPC GMD, Mallam Mele Kyari, delivering President Buhari’s condolence message to President Macky Sall of Senegal