Senators yesterday eulogised two of their fallen colleagues, Senators Uche Chukwumerije and Ahmed Zannah, in a joint valedictory session organised for them with Senate President David Mark saying both were very courageous senators that needed to be emulated.
The Senate also filed out to sign condolence registers of the dead senators as well as glance at the casket of Senator Chukwumerije that was laid in the Senate building
Before then, they had adjourned in honour both Chukwumerije and Zannah, representing Borno senatorial district, who died on Saturday.
Senator Mark said the plenary were adjourned in keepingwith the tradition of the National Assembly.
Setting the tone for the valedictory session, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba described late Chukwumerije as an amiable, articulate and resourceful politician by his disposition to national issues.
Ndoma-Egba said Chukwumerije’s love and passion for the development of the nation was his driving force.
He added that the death of Senators Chukwumerije and Zannah had brought forward a pattern of tragedy that had affected the Senate, as it was the fifth death since the commencement of the seventh Senate.
He said: “In September 2006 in the fifth Senate, we lost the royal prince of the caliphate, Senator Maccido, and Senator Sule Ghandi to the ADC plane crash.
“In the sixth Senate, we lost Senators T. U. Wada on March 31, 2010, and Senator Kawo Duku on April 2, 2010, both of them from Gombe State.
“Yet again we have to bid farewell to eternity to Senator Uche Chukwumerije and Senator Ahmad Zannah.
“So, it is my fervent prayer that the Almighty spares this Senate further grief; that in His infinite mercy and forgiveness, the Almighty will break this pattern of double tragedies.
“May this institution never again see a joint valedictory service.”
Other lawmakers such as Ahmed Lawan resenting Yobe State, Abdul Ningi representing Bauchi State, Nkechi Nwogu representing Anambra State, Nenadi Usman representing Kaduna State, and many others also shared their experiences with the late lawmakers.
Also in his remarks after many senators had spoken, President David Mark said it was difficult to express his innermost feelings on the passage of Chukwumerije.
“He was an economist, an educationist and a journalist of repute. He stood firmly with his beliefs and the welfare of the people.
“He was determined to improve the level of education in this country and he always told me that he wanted to do everything possible to do so because of his old good days when he was in the University of Ibadan.”

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