OrderPaperToday– Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday led a delegation from the Senate to pay a condolence visit to the family of Senator Ignatius Longjan.
Longjan died on Sunday in a Turkish hospital in Abuja.
The Red Chamber, in a show of honour, suspended its plenary on Tuesday over Longjan’s death.
The Senate president, alongside principal officers of the chamber, commiserated with the wife of the late senator, Mrs Maureen Longjang, his daughter, Mikang Longjang and other family members.
In a statement signed by his special adviser on Media, Ola Awoniyi, Lawan said “the late Senator Longjang was a peacemaker, a very peaceful person. He proved himself to be a very faithful and loyal person. He was committed to the ideals of the Senate. He built bridges.
“He wanted to ensure that everything went on well and as one of our elders in the Senate, he was highly regarded and respected. This loss is a loss to all of us. Our late colleague was someone who believed that as a people, we must live in peace. Very peaceful man.
“And having served as a deputy governor once and coming to the Senate after his ambassadorial tours, he was an accomplished leader in his own right but what always endeared him to me was his sense of commitment to the Nigerian project.”
He continued, “We know from time to time we have disagreement across the country but he would always preach that we must live in peace. We must create understanding. Let there be fairness, equity and justice in all part of the country. He lived and died for that.
“For us in the Senate, this is one lesson, one take away we have to ensure that we stick with. That whatever we do as a Senate and, indeed, as a National Assembly, we should do so to ensure that every citizen is protected, gets fairness, equity and justice and at the end of the day, just like he wished, this country must prosper,” Lawan said.
The Senate president assured the family members that the upper legislative chamber will be with them during this period of grief.
“We are going to be together. We are going to have the two senators from Plateau working with the family very closely so that we can participate and support the arrangement for his interment,” Lawan said.
Principal officers in the delegation include
deputy Senate president, Ovie Omo-Agege, Senate leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, Senate deputy chief whip, Sabi Abdullahi and Senate deputy minority leader, Philip Aduda.