By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu
Senators yesterday took turns to extols the virtues of late senator representing Bauchi South, Ali Wakili, even as the senate passed a resolution to immoralist the late senator by naming one of the senate committee rooms after him.
The senate also says it will liaise with the House of Representatives to expedite actions in the establishment of National Assembly museum and archives to immortalise late members of the National Assembly appropriately.
Sequel to the eulogies poured out by his colleagues yesterday during a valedictory session held in the senate chambers in his honour, the senate resolved further to set up an endowment scheme through which senate, aside personal assistance to the families of late senators, can reach out supportive measures to the families of their late colleagues who died in active service.
Moving a motion, Leader of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, said the late Aliyu Wakili was born in 1960 and attended Lere Primary School in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area from 1975 to1972.
“From where he proceeded to Government Secondary School Damaturu in the then Borno State from 1972 to 1977 where he obtained his senior Certificate.
“For his University Education, he attended Bayero University Kano where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Arts in1982.
“He also attended Nigerian Customs training school, Lagos in 1984 and thereafter rose to position of Controller of Customs in 1996 and retired in 2009.
”The late Wakili contested for the Bauchi South senatorial seat and won during the 2015 elections under the platform of the All Progressives Congress(APC).”
Lawan observed that the deceased had legislative interest in finance, revenue, appropriation, in making good legislation, empowerment of the people and good governance by sponsoring some bills.
In an additional prayer, Sen. Mao Ohuabunwa (PDP-Abia), called for the establishment of an endowment fund in honour of the deceased. The additional prayer was supported by Sen. Barau Jibrin (APC-Kano).
Contributing, the Deputy President of the Senate, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu said, “Wakili retired as a customs officer. So severally when matters concerning customs, revenues come up in the Senate he always contributed. The Senate benefited from his vast knowledge.
“We will continue to remember those good attributes he exhibited,” he said.
Ekweremadu said the simple lesson that should be learnt from the death of Wakili was that “life comes to an end and power comes to an end whether it is applied appropriately or is abused. What would remain is what we made of the opportunity we had,” he said.
Similarly, Suleiman Nazif (APC-Bauchi North), said there was a reconciliatory move in Bauchi, adding that it is time for those who said they wanted to reconcile with Ali Wakili to go to his family and show that true reconciliation.
Similarly, Senator representing Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Isah Misau, said he was “a man of the grassroots. He has left a vacuum that will be difficult to fill,” he said.
Also Sen. Abdullahi Adamu (APC-Nasarawa) urged other lawmakers to ensure they undergo routine health checks to avoid untimely death, even as he describe the late Wakili as an accomplished senator.
In his remarks, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, said “he was a man that came as a first timer, he won the respect of all of us because he was calm and truthful. As much as possible, he had friends, he had integrity and cared for his people.”
Saraki further told his colleagues to always remember that they have a roles to play and must give their best.
“This is because at the end of the day, death will come; Ali Wakili was a good sterling example to what we should be when serving our people,” he said.