By Christiana Ekpa
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila on Tuesday described the late Ossy Prestige as a man of character and influence, who lived a good and fulfilling life.
Recall that, the late Lawmaker Prestige, who represented Aba North/South federal constituency in the House, passed away earlier February , after a protracted illness.
The Speaking during the valedictory session to honour late Prestige yesterday, Gbajabiamila, said Prestige was a fine gentleman and astute legislator, whose contribution to the House and the country at large would be dearly missed.
The Speaker recalled that his last moment with Prestige was in London, when he visited him while receiving treatment in a hospital there.
He described him, as an emotional moment for him, as they had agreed to meet in Nigeria, but it turned out to be the last time they were together.
He said Prestige’s demise had caused a “hollowness in the hallowed chamber and sorrow in the air.”
While condoling the family of the late legislator, he pledged the support of the House to them.
The Senate Minority Leader, Eyinnaya Abaribe, said Prestige’s constituency falls under his Senatorial Zone (Abia South), and they worked well together despite party affiliations for the good of the people.
He begged God that death should not visit the National Assembly again.
“We beg death not to come to the National Assembly again. This is too much for us. While we mourn, we celebrate him. He was a man we all adored when he lived,” Abaribe said.
House Leader, Alhassan Doguwa, who described Prestige’s demise as sad, said the inevitability of death should serve as a lesson for leaders in the country to remember to serve with heart and mind.
Doguwa said the late Prestige was passionate and discharged his responsibilities very well at all times with a sense of love and humour.
The House Leader said the mood was not convenient for the business of the day on the floor of the green chamber and called for the adjournment of the plenary.