Nigeria’s Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung has lost his wife, Mrs. Briskila Dalung. Mr Genshak Golak, Personal Assistant to the Minister who confirmed the death to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Jos on Sunday, said that “she died today in the morning today after a brief illness”.
Golak said Mrs. Dalung died in a private hospital in Jos but however declined giving further details. A correspondent, who visited the Sabon-Barkin residence of the minister, however met only a security man at the gate.
At Briskila’s personal house at Gada-Biyu, however, grieving sympatisers described Briskila, a senior officer with the Nigeria Prison Service, as “a very jovial and kind lady”. Her relations and in-laws, however, refused to speak to the press.
“The minister has traveled out of the country and his instruction is that no one should say anything until he returns,” an elderly man told NAN. NAN reports that Dalung, who posted Briskila’s death on his facebook, had declared today as a “black Sunday”. “I am bereaved. My heart is heavy. I cannot continue. I lost my first wife, this morning. May her soul rest in peace.