Three deaths in three weeks: Senators pray against reoccurrence

OrderPaperToday – Senator Godswill Akpabio (PDP, Akwa-Ibom) and Senator Foster Ogola (PDP, Bayelsa) have prayed for longevity for members of the red chamber following the recent passing away of Senator Mustapha Bukar, who is the third deceased member of the 8th senate.

Mustapha Bukar, the Senator representing Katsina North died in Abuja on the 4th April, 2018 less than three weeks after the death of Senator Ali Wakili representing Bauchi South after he slumped in his Gwarinpa, Abuja residence. Last year, Senator Adeleke passed on after what family sources said was a heart attack.

Paying tribute to Senator Bukar on Wednesday on the floor of the Senate, Senator Akpabio described the exit of the Katsina lawmaker as “one death too painful” and prayed that such sad occurrence will be the last in the upper chamber.

“He is man who believed so much in service to humanity and to the people, even when he was struggling with ill-health, he still managed to come to the chambers to talk on issues relating to his people and Nigeria. We would miss you.

“When I heard of his death, I felt this is one death too painful. Therefore, I want us to collectively pray to God that this should be the last. May we never see death again in this chamber,” Akpabio said.

Similarly, Senator Foster Ogola said he was “traumatised” at the death of his “friend” Senator Bukar Mustapha who was the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Capital Market, the same Committee Senator Adeleke chaired before his death.

He prayed “God not to allow or permit the death of any other Chairman of the Senate Committee on Capital Market or any other Senator in this 8th National Assembly.”

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