Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has assured the family of late Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Chief James Ocholi, that he will not forget them as he will give his support to the family of the departed minister.
In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, and made available to Nigerian pilot in Abuja yesterday, Saraki said the uprightness and good works of the late minister will continue to speak in favour of the government and people of Kogi State, especially his immediate family.
While urging the family not to see the burial as the end of the road, he added that the late minister had sufficiently immortalised himself through his courageous and exemplary life style during his brief sojourn on earth.
Saraki, who is yet to recover from the shock resulting from the loss of Mr. Ocholi, said that the man dedicated his life to the service of God and man.
“Ocholi’s life, though brief, was dedicated to the service of God and humanity. This single realisation ought to cheer us rather than make us shed tears over his sudden transition to the great beyond.
“Yes, it is difficult not to give way to emotions in circumstances of this nature, but his godly qualities give us hope – a hope that should mitigate our anguish. It is painful that he left us when his services were most needed, but we are comforted that he had proved his mettle as a legal luminary and politician to the satisfaction of all,” Saraki stated.
In a related development, the Senate President also expressed shock over the sudden death of a House of Representatives member representing Nasarawa/Toto Federal Constituency of Nasarawa State, Hon. Musa Baba Onwana, describing him as a fine parliamentarian.
While describing the late Onwana as a committed and God-fearing man who lived and served humanity with passion, Saraki lamented that the nation has lost one of its best hands in parliamentary business.
“I was shocked and disheartened at the news of the death of Hon. Musa Baba Onwana. His patriotism and love for his constituents endeared him to many. Onwana lived an exemplary life. As a teacher and a lawmaker, he was so disciplined and faithful in his dealings. We shall sorely miss him,” Saraki said.
The Senate President however urged the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara and all members of the House of Representatives, the Nasarawa State government, the people of Nasarawa/Toto Federal Constituency and the immediate family of the deceased to take solace in the fact that late Onwana lived a good life.