Tuesday, 19 May 2015

NIGERIAN NEWS: Senate adjourns plenary to honour late member

The Senate on Tuesday adjourned plenary in honour of its late member representing Borno Central Senatorial District, Senator Ahmad Zannah, who died on Saturday.
The Senate, in conformity with its tradition, had before the adjournment, observed a one-minute silence for the late senator, who died of cancer.

Senate President, David Mark, who presided over plenary, noted that the senate did not carry out any legislative function because it had to adjourn sitting on the first day of plenary after the death of any senator.
He said the senate would reconvene on Wednesday to hold a joint valedictory session in honour of the deceased and another colleague,  the late Senator Uche Chukwumerije, who died on  April 19.
Mark said, “You are all aware that we lost one of our colleagues, very distinguished Senator Ahmad Zannah from Borno State.
“It is God who gives life and he is the one who can take life. We are grateful to God that he contributed his best to make sure that the zone he represented enjoyed the benefits of democracy.
“There will be a joint valedictory session in honour of our fallen colleagues, Sen. Uche Chukwumerije and Sen. Ahmad Zannah.
“In the tradition of this distinguished Senate, senators are expected to dress in black or white with a black band.”
He said senators would thereafter proceed to Enugu State on Friday, May 22, for the funeral of Chukwumerije. 
He added that the Christian Legislators Fellowship, headed  by Chukwumerije  until his demise, would hold a prayer session in his honour before the Senate valedictory session on Wednesday.
The Leader of the Senate, Victor Ndoma-Egba, said  the senate had been confronted with a “double tragedy” with the death of Zanna shortly after  Chukwumerije’s demise.
He said,  “It is a circle that is troubling and we pray that this trend will not continue.”
Senator Burkar  Ibrahim (APC Yobe-East) described the  late Zannah as a perfect gentleman who was still very effective despite his health challenges.
Ibrahim said, “Zannah had been paralysed since he came to the Senate but he could talk and walk. What eventually killed him was not the paralysis but cancer of the liver.
“It is a  tragic loss, not only to the people of  Borno State,  but to the entire North-East and Nigeria at large.”
Also commenting on the late senator,   Ahmed Lawan (APC Yobe-North ),  described him as “a courageous and fearless man,  who stood firmly against insurgency in the North-East.”
He said, “Zannnah was a great man who believed in justice and fairness. He stood firmly particularly on the issue of insecurity and insurgency in the North-East.”
Source: punchng