Fidelity bank banner UBA banner
Senator Wakili’s death ‘an incalculable loss to Nigeria’s democracy’ — Buhari •Senate also mourns

By Mayowa Okekale, Abuja on 18/03/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 683

•Late Senator Ali Wakil
•Late Senator Ali Wakil

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the death of Senator Ali Wakil as “an incalculable loss to Nigeria’s democracy”.

The President said this on Saturday while mourning the lawmaker from Bauchi State in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

Senator Wakili died on Saturday morning at the age of 58 years old after he was said to have slumped at his Gwarimpa residence in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He was immediately rushed to a hospital in the nation’s capital but died on the way before getting a medical treatment.

Until his death, the lawmaker was a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Poverty Alleviation.

Reacting to his demise hours later, President Buhari described the lawmaker as a Nigerian “whose dedication to duty was remarkable and worthy of emulation.”

He noted that the death of the senator came as a great shock to him, adding that his dedication to duty would remain one of the greatest virtues for which the deceased would be remembered.

“The passion for duty was one of the finest qualities of late Senator Wakili,” said President, as he urged other democratically elected leaders to borrow a leaf from the deceased’s record of dedication.

He further extended his condolences to the family of the late lawmaker, his colleagues in the National Assembly, as well as the government and people of Bauchi State over what he called a “great loss to the country”.

The President also prayed to Allah to bless the soul of the departed senator.

President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, on Saturday also expressed deep sadness over the sudden death of Senator Wakili.

A tearful Saraki, according to a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, described the late Senator as a vibrant lawmaker and public servant who was very passionate about his assignment and engagements in the Senate, especially his Chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Poverty Alleviation and other committees where he was a member.

“Mallam Ali Wakili is one lawmaker you can never be in doubt where he stands on a particular issue. He spoke his mind fearlessly,” Saraki said, adding: “His contributions at plenary were always very incisive and rich. I find it difficult to acknowledge that he will not resume plenary with us next Tuesday.

“My heart goes out to his family, the 8th Senate and the government and people of Bauchi State over the loss of this conscientious and patriotic Nigerian. He shall be sorely missed.”

Saraki has since visited the residence of the Senator in Abuja where he commiserated with his immediate and extended family members.

The President of the Senate prayed Allah to grant Mallam Wakili a place among the righteous in Aljannah Firdaus and his family and loved ones the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

Source News Express

Posted 18/03/2018 05:10:49 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

 

You may also like...
See yourselves as agents of change, Lagos CP...

Azubuike not properly impeached; he remains Abia Speaker:...

How evil pastor lured 900 church members to...

Political endorsements: Catholic Diocese disowns Mbaka

Intersociety tasks Obiano as bulldozers go silent at...

2019 Presidency: NNPC’s alleged contribution to Buhari’s campaign...

Telecom executives on trial over staff suicides

China to return seized US underwater drone

2 Nigerians arrested in connection with murder in...

Obiano to Buhari: Refund N25bn FG owes Anambra...

NBS releases details of 2016 fourth quarter performance...

Foundation to open elderly care centre, run 3rd...

 

Latest News Momoh, Adio, 12 journalists honoured as stakeholders emphasise threats to journalism Buhari’s second term in office will be a nightmare, By Olusegun Bamgbose Thousands mark Car Free Day in Ethiopia; opt to walk, exercise Trump’s top pick for Chief of Staff turns down offer Huawei CFO seeks bail on health grounds as China summons US envoy Saudi Arabia refuses to hand over suspects in Khashoggi case Boko Haram kills two soldiers in fresh attack Appeal Court nullifies conviction of Shell MD, others Gunmen kidnap PDP chieftain in Kebbi Jibril is Buhari’s look-alike, not his clone — Kanu Fayemi lifts embargo on Ecobank, GTbank, Zenith Bank Buhari must go, Obasanjo insists

 

Most Read NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (429,278 views) Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (394,452 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (327,391 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (280,745 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (247,574 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (229,134 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (211,884 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (193,130 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (179,352 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (170,311 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (167,063 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (153,572 views)

 

Zenith Zero Balance First Bank chat banking

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (76) Business & Economy (3,870) Business Verdict (54) Columnists (972) Complaints & Requests (95) Enterprise & Opportunities (208) Entertainment (575) Features (679) Global Business Monitor (311) International (2,800) Interview (167) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (146) Maggie's Blog (64) News (41,297) Opinion (1,150) Pidgin (13) Politics (8,094) Religion (911) Sports (1,812) Stock Watch (35) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

 

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera