Two former leaders Gens. Ibrahim Babangida and Abdulsalami Abubakar were at the funeral prayers for the brother of Vice President Namadi Sambo, who died Sunday in a car crash.
Yusuf Sambo’s car had an accident on Bill Clinton Drive on the Abuja Airport Road. he died on the spot.
President Goodluck Jonathan and the First Lady Dame Patience led top government officials to condole with the Vice President.
The Vice President was away in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania representing President Jonathan at the country’s golden jubilee anniversary.
He returned to Nigeria and immediately headed for the National Mosque where a brief funeral service was conducted in honour of the deceased.
The deceased remains were later interred at apo cemetery in Abuja.
At the Akinola Aguda official residence of the Vice President, President described the circumstances of the deceased’s death as saddening.
Jonathan, who got the news while on his way back to Abuja from Bayelsa said that yesterday was one of the saddest days in Nigeria.
According to him, human beings are mere mortals and death is a journey everybody must make.
Jonathan said, “We are all mere mortals. All of us are from the earth, we must all go back to the earth. We do not know the timing of this journey all of us must make.
“This world is a place where we come to play our different roles. He left too early. Maybe he left when the ovation is loudest. He left at a time we needed him most. But there is nothing we can do.”
The Vice President said that the deceased, who was his immediate younger brother, was one of the most experienced pilots in the country.
Sambo thanked the President for leading government officials to condole with him.
Among the early callers at the Vice President’s official residence were Governor Ramalan Yero of Kaduna State; Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar; Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Muhammed; Minister of Defence, Aliyu Guasu; Minister of State, Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro; and other members of the cabinet.
Also at the Vice President’s residence are the former Minister of Defense, Haliru BelloMoh’d, National Security Adviser ( NSA), Col Sambo Dasuki, Head of Service, Goni Bukar Aji.