Paul Orude, Bauchi
Bauchi State Government has received with deep shock the sudden death of Senator Ali Wakili representing Bauchi South and declared three days of mourning in his honour.
In a condolence message, Governor Mohammed Abubakar described Wakili’s death Saturday morning in Abuja as shocking
“His passage is a great loss not only to his constituents but the entire nation. His vibrant contributions on the floor of the Senate chamber would be greatly missed. Such interventions have contributed in shaping national discourse,” said the message signed by the Governor’s special adviser on Media and Strategy.
The message added that the governor of Bauchi state “has, therefore, declared three days of mourning during which time flags will fly at half mast. He has also suspended all state duties in Abuja and is returning home to mourn after witnessing funeral prayers in the nation’s capital.
“The governor has similarly directed the reduction, by two hours, of closing time of workers during the three days of mourning.
“The governor takes solace in the Quranic injunction that every soul shall taste death and, therefore, prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed legislator. He also prayed to ALMIGHTY ALLAH to grant the immediate family the fortitude to bear the loss,” it stated.
Lawmaker representing Bauchi South Senatorial District, Senator Ali Wakili, is feared dead.
Sources in the Senate said the lawmaker slumped on Saturday morning at his Gwarimpa, Abuja, residence after which he was taken to a hospital within the estate, but he died before getting emergency treatment.
Wakili, 58, was Chairman of Senate Committee on Poverty Alleviation
He was a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress.