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HAVANA, Cuba, May 12 (acn) Esteban Lazo, Vice-president of the Council of State, expressed on Wednesday in this capital the sorrow of the Cuban people and government over the death of Umaru Musa Yar Adua, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
On the occasion of such irreparable loss, we join the grief of the fraternal Nigerian people, wrote the member of the politburo of the Cuban Communist Party on the book of condolences opened at the African nation’s diplomatic mission in Havana.
During his meeting with Nigerian ambassador Segun Bamigbetan Baju, Lazo wished success in his performance to Goodluck Jonathan, the new designated head of state, to whom he reiterated an invitation to visit the Cuban capital made when he was
occupying his country’s vice-presidency.

After recalling the “close, historic and fraternal bonds existing between the two countries", he referred to his stay last year in Abuya, where he held cordial talks with late President Yar Adua.

Ambasador Bamigbetan Baju asked Lazo to convey to President Raul Castro and Commander in Chief Fidel Castro the appreciation of the Nigerian people and government for the friendship shown by Cuba towards his country and for the condolences received for the death of the Nigerian leader.

My government and my people are grateful for this expression of love on the part of the Cuban government and people, said the diplomat.

Accompanying Lazo during his visit to the Nigerian embassy were Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez and Deputy Foreign Minister Marcos Rodriguez.

President Umary Musa Yaduar Adua, who was ruling the African nation since April, 2007, died on May 5 as a consequence of a long heart illness.
Source: ACN

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