Atiku Abubakar loses closest aide, Umar Pariya

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From AISHA RABO, Abuja

One of the closest aides to Nigeria’s former Vice President Atiku Abubakar Umar Pariya is dead.

Mr. Pariya died on Tuesday morning in Dubai after a brief illness.

In a tweet by the former vice president, he said “Umar Pariya was much more than a longstanding aide to me; he was incredibly loyal and qualified as a member of my family. He will be missed. May Allah comfort his family, forgive his sins and grant him AlJannah Firdaus. Ameen”.

A family source who confirmed the death said the deceased had been on life support for about two weeks ago.

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