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President Goodluck Jonathan commiserates with King Abdallah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud

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President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has commiserated with the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Abdallah Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, over the death of his brother and heir apparent, Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, who died on Saturday in New York.

The President in a condolence message to the King expressed shock at the passage of the Crown Prince and asked Almighty Allah to grant him eternal rest.

"On behalf of the people and Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I express my heart-felt condolences to the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques and the good people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," the President said.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, President Jonathan paid glowing tribute to Crown Prince Sultan, recalling his outstanding commitment to the service of his people.

"Of particular mention are his sterling contributions to the development of the Kingdom's Armed Forces in his capacity as Minister of Defence since 1962," the President said; adding, "We salute his courage, steadfastness and uncommon sense of duty to his nation."