Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has extended condolences to Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, over the passing of his elder brother, Air Vice Marshall Aliyu Rufai (rtd).
Atiku, in a message on his Twitter page, expressed sadness over the death.
The former Vice President wrote: “On behalf of my family, I express my deepest condolences to Gov. Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai and the entire Rufai family over the loss of his elder brother, AVM Aliyu Rufai. May Allah grant him Al-Jannah Firdaus.”
The deceased was born on Nov. 10, 1948 in Zaria, Kaduna State and was commissioned into the Nigerian Air Force in 1972.
Aliyu retired in 2002 at the rank of Air Vice Marshall after a meritorious military career.
He is survived by his wife, Hajiya Safiya Rufai, six children, brothers and sisters, including Gov. El-Rufai and Alhaji Bashir Ahmad El-Rufai.