OrderPaperToday – Senator Ali Ndume (APC, Borno) broke down in tears while paying tribute to deceased Senator Ali Wakili (APC, Bauchi).
Wakili died on Saturday after slumping at his residence in Gwarimpa, Abuja.
The red chamber had adjourned plenary on Tuesday in a bid to honour the deceased and held a valedictory session on Wednesday.
Narrating his experience with the deceased, Sen. Ndume noted that he hoped the burial was extended so that the dead could resurrect.
Speaking in tears, he said: “I would have preferred them to delay his funeral prayers. My thinking is that something will happen. My thinking was that Ali Wakili would wake up and I remember even at the grave yard, Hope Uzodinma made a comment that the Muslims are too much in a hurry to bury someone that this man just died in the morning and we are burying him now.
“And I was saying; maybe if we allow him time, something would happen. It didn’t happen and it would not happen. What we are doing here is very good to our colleague but this should not be the end.”
He also urged that the upper legislative chamber do everything possible to cater for the families of the dead senators in the 8th Senate.
He said: “We should continue to pray for him because that is the only thing for now that we can do for him besides remembering those that he left behind. Our colleague left two wives and ten children. Let us use this opportunity to do something for ourselves because it can happen to any of us.
“Maybe we should make commitments for our orphans, what I mean by our orphans are children of Adeleke and Wakil. If they are doing well, we are doing well. If they are not, it is the same thing with us.”
Sen. Ndume also condemned that “lack of espirit de corps that is existing” since the inception of the National Assembly.