By Ikechukwu Okaforadi and Musa Adamu
Senate yesterday commenced the mourn of its late senators, Benjamin Uwajumogu and Ignatius Longjan, who died recently after a brief illness in Abuja.
Similarly, the senate set today for valedictory session in memory of Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu who died on 17th of December, 2019.
Shortly after the senate resumed plenary yesterday, a motion to adjourn the session was moved by the Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (APC Kebbi North).
Yahaya Abdullahi, in the motion, based on Order 43 of the Senate Standing rules, said “With shock on my shoulder, I rise to formally announce the demise of one of us, Senator Ignatius Longjan, who represented Plateau South Senatorial District until his death in Abuja here on Sunday after a brief illness.
“I therefore, in line with our convention, move for a one minute silence in honour of the departed soul and adjourn plenary till tomorrow, as well as cancel all other legislative business earlier slated for today”.
The Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP Abia South), seconded the motion which was passed by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, who presided over the session.
Omo-Agege in his remarks before the adjournment, urged Senators to attend the Wednesday session in White or Black attire.
According to him, while white is to signify celebration of life for Uwajumogu, black will symbolise mourning of his departed soul.
“Longjan’s death is one too many in considering its closeness to that of Senator Uwajumogu who died less than two months ago.
“He was an amiable gentleman who rendered selfless service to his people in various capacities like Deputy Governor of Plateau State and lately Senator who diligently represented the people of Plateau South Senatorial District.
“We are going to miss, the people of of Plateau will miss him and of course, Nigerians will miss him”, he said.