From Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown

In Sierra Leone, VP Opens Condolence Book for Late Nigerian President
May 7, 2010, 18:00

The Honourable Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Chief Sahr Sam-Sumana has yesterday opened a condolence book at the Nigerian High Commission in Freetown so as to allow Sierra Leoneans to sign in words of condolence on the death of the late President of Nigeria, Umaru Musa Ya’Adua. Sierra Leone’s President Koroma is on an official visit to China so he was absent from the country when news broke that his Nigerian brother and colleague Head of State had passed away in the night of Wednesday 5th May 2010. However, Vice President Sam-Sumana capably stepped in to provide the leadership that was needed as Sierra Leoneans joined Nigeria to mourn the loss of the 58 year old late President.

Honourable Vice President of the Republic of Sierra Leone, Alhaji Chief Sahr Sam-Sumana Opens Condolence Book for Late Nigerian President Ya’Adua

VP Sam-Sumana was accompanied to the Nigeria High Commission by the country’s Information Minister Alhaji Ben Kargbo and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Vandi C. Minah as well as a host of senior government functionaries. The delegation was received by the Head of Chancery as the Nigerian Ambassador, H.E. Godson Egechile had already flown to Nigeria.

Information reaching Awareness Times is that VP Sam-Sumana will today dispatch a high powered delegation led by the Speaker of Parliament to personally convey the sympathies of the Government and people of Sierra Leone to the Government and People of Nigeria. The late President Ya’Adua has already been buried last evening in his home state of Katsina.

The former Vice President Goodluck Jonathan has been sworn in as the new President of Nigeria and he is expected to announce a new person as his Vice President any time from now.

Africa loses President Yar Adu : VP Sam-Sumana with Alhaji I.B. Kargbo condoles Head of Chancery at Nigeria High Commission

In a related development, First Lady of Sierra Leone, Mrs. Sia Nyama Koroma will fly to America today as a guest of Care International where she is expected to have dialogue with Mrs. Michelle Obama and other distinguished First Ladies but according to her Press Officer, before she leaves the country, she had since yesterday, personally signed a Letter of Sympathy for the wife of the late President as well as sent in a Letter of Congratulations to the wife of the new President.

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