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Sad­ly — Niger­ian Sen­a­tor Slump and Die In His Abu­ja Home

Sen­a­tor Ali Wak­ili (Bauchi South) yes­ter­day slumped and died in his Gwar­in­pa Abu­ja res­i­dence. The 58-year-old report­ed­ly died of sus­pect­ed heart. 

He was said to have been con­firmed dead at a hos­pi­tal he was rushed to for med­ical atten­tion.
The law­mak­er was one of the nine sen­a­tors who vehe­ment­ly opposed the con­tro­ver­sial Elec­toral Act amend­ment 2018.
Led by Sen­a­tor Abdul­lahi Adamu, Wali­ki was one of the sen­a­tors who stormed out of the cham­ber to reg­is­ter oppo­si­tion to adop­tion of the con­fer­ence report of the two cham­bers on the sequence of elec­tions.
Wak­ili was also large­ly seen as one of the eyes of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari in the Sen­ate.
Buhari, Sen­ate Pres­i­dent Buko­la Sara­ki, his deputy Ike Ekere­madu and Speak­er of The House of Reps Yakubu Dog­a­ra expressed sad­ness over his demise.
Buhari described his death as “an incal­cu­la­ble loss to Nigeria’s democ­ra­cy whose ded­i­ca­tion to duty was remark­able and wor­thy of emu­la­tion.”
The Pres­i­dent said that the death of the sen­a­tor came as a great shock to him, adding his ded­i­ca­tion to duty would remain one of the great­est virtues for which the deceased would be remem­bered.
Buhari, in a state­ment by the Senior Spe­cial Assis­tant on Media and pub­lic­i­ty, Gar­ba She­hu, said: “The pas­sion for duty was one of the finest qual­i­ties of late Sen­a­tor Wak­il”.
Sara­ki, who led a del­e­ga­tion of Sen­a­tors to his res­i­dence for con­do­lences, described the deceased as a vibrant law­mak­er.
In a state­ment by his Spe­cial Advis­er, Media and Pub­lic­i­ty, Yusuph Olaniy­onu, Sara­ki said: “Malam Ali Wak­ili is one law­mak­er you can nev­er be in doubt where he stands on a par­tic­u­lar issue. He spoke his mind fear­less­ly.”
Ekw­ere­madu expressed shock and sad­ness over the inci­dent, describ­ing Wak­il as a “dili­gent and coura­geous law­mak­er”. 

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