The chairman of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, has recounted how his younger brother, Sani, died in his presence at a US hospital.

Sani, until his death on November 14, was the group vice-president of Dangote Industries Limited.

Speaking on Friday when a former governor of Lagos state, Bola Tinubu, paid him a condolence visit in his Kano home, Dangote said his brother’s death was very tough for the family, especially for him because they were close.

“The most painful thing is when you are told that your brother will be passing on in about an hour and you stand by watching as the machine is going down until it stopped working,” he said.

“We have always known that when there is life, there is death. We as Muslims don’t know who is next and it can be today, tomorrow or even now. That is why it is good to be good so that when you get there, you can bid for whatever you were asked to do on earth.

“I thank you all for all your prayers and your support. This will actually help us to reduce the pain that we are going through. It is a very tough time for us. It’s been very trying for especially myself; we were actually bonding together.

“Having a brother like this, once you lose him, it is really very painful. He died in front of myself, our mother and all his children.”