The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Ab­bas Tajudeen has condoled Vice President Kashim Shet­tima over the death of his stepmother, Hajiya Hauwa Abba Kormi.

The Speaker in another de­velopment congratulated the President of Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, on his conferment with Senegal’s highest national honour, the National Order of the Lion by President Macky Sall.

In a statement from Musa Abdullahi Krishi, Special Adviser on Media and Pub­licity, the Speaker, in his con­dolence message to VP Shet­tima, described the death as a great loss.

The Vice President’s stepmother passed away on Thursday after a prolonged illness at the age of 69. She left behind five children and several step-children and grandchildren.

Speaker Abbas urged the Vice President to find solace in the fact that Hajiya Kormi lived a life worthy of emula­tion, as he prayed to Allah to grant VP Shettima and the entire family the fortitude to bear the loss.

On the award conferred to Dangote, Speaker Abbas noted that Senegal’s highest national honour bestowed on Dangote was a testimony of his attributes as a worthy business ambassador of not just Nigeria, but also the en­tire African continent.

He added that the recogni­tion showed Senegal’s appre­ciation of the fact that Alhaji Dangote is not just a business mogul but an outstanding in­dustrialist with a far-reach­ing impact both within and outside his country of origin, Nigeria.

“I applaud Alhaji Aliko Dangote for his industry, en­terprise and commitment to creating jobs and economic opportunities for our broth­ers and sisters in Nigeria and across Africa, as well as con­tributing to their economies, which this honour further affirms.

“These impacts have pro­vided the needed shock ab­sorbers for individuals and families as a buffer comple­menting the socio-economic drive of governments in the sub-region.

“I, therefore, congratulate Alhaji Dangote for this hon­our and recognition, and wish him the very best in his endeavours,” the Speak­er said.

The National Order of the Lion is an Order from Sene­gal instituted on October 22, 1960, and awarded for both civil and military distin­guished contributions.

The Order is one of two Senegalese national Orders, the other one being the Order of Merit.

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