Melaye: Bukar’s death, ‘a lesson to those arrogant in power’

OrderPaperToday – Sen. Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi) has cautioned politicians and those in positons of authority who act with arrogance to tread carefully.

Melaye made this submission while paying tribute to the deceased Senator Bukar Mustapha during a valedictory session of the Senate held on Wednesday during plenary.

Sen. Bukar gave up the ghost on the 4th of April after a brief illness.

Speaking about Mustapha, Melaye noted that he did not take advantage of his position as the Senator representing President Muhammadu Buhari.

The lawmaker representing Kogi West sternly warned that it is only God who can decide anyone’s future and as such lessons should be drawn from it.

He said: “Our friend and colleague, Senator Bukar Mustapha has completed his own cycle. He is a technocrat per excellence despite the fact that he represents Mr. President in this chamber; he never took advantage of authority arrogance throughout his relationship with senators.

“As we pay tribute to this perfect gentleman, I want to draw two lessons from the death of this true Nigerian. Lessons to those who are arrogant in power, who believe they have power and capacity to those who think they have power to determine one’s future.

“Definitely Sen. Bukar had his dreams about 2019 and beyond but God decided to do what he has done. The lesson for us in this chamber and outside this chamber is to know that life is transient. Those who have boasted to stop you from winning your primaries, saying you will not make in 2019 should know that all authority and power belongs only to God almighty.

“We need to draw these lessons because at the end of the day God is the giver and the one who can take life. Nobody is sure what the immediate future holds but what we do with our now will determine our future.”

Lending his contribution, Sen. Shehu Sani admonished that the most important thing about life is what people say about you.

Sani stated that the deceased served with “maturity, responsibility and commitment.”

Giving his remarks, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki lamented that Nigeria has lost “a man with a lot of good ideas who has helped not only his constituency but this great country.”


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