The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has apologized that he didn’t speak with the widow of the slain officer, Lt Col Sakaba, who died in the Metele attack.
In a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, a copy of which was made available to Newsnow, said there was a mix up in the communication between Atiku and the younger sister of the slain officer.
Below is the full statement.
Abuja, Nigeria, 24 December, 2018:
Following the death of Lt. Col Ibrahim Sakaba during the Boko Haram insurgents’ attack on 157 Taskforce Battalion in Metele, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar’s staff has made efforts to get the contact of his widow to enable the former Vice President express his condolences over the loss of the fallen hero.
Over the weekend, Atiku Abubakar was availed with phone numbers of Mrs. Sakaba and Maryam, younger sister of the late soldier, in the alternative.
On Sunday, the former Vice President tried albeit unsuccessfully to contact Mrs. Sakaba but was able to eventually speak with Maryam, younger sister of the gallant soldier during which he expressed his deepest condolences to the family.
However, this communication was erroneously communicated. The error is regretted.
Atiku Abubakar, however reaffirms his deepest condolences to the Sakaba family, which sacrifices, like those of their brave son, keeps us safe.
Media Adviser to HE Atiku Abubakar