NASS postpones plenary to honour dead Imo lawmaker


The National Assembly on Thursday adjourned plenary to honour Senator Ben Uwajumogu, who died on Wednesday morning in Abuja.

At the start of plenary today, the lawmakers observed a minute of silence and prayers for their deceased colleague who died at 51.

Plenary was therefore adjourned to Friday, December 20 which will be the last sitting for the year.

The lawmaker who represented Imo north senatorial district reportedly slumped in his bathroom on Wednesday and died in the hospital.

In reaction to the news of his death, Senate President Ahmed Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila described Uwajumogu as a man who was full of life.

Lawan in a series of tweets on Wednesday said the news of Senator Uwajumogu’s passage is more difficult to accept.

“Senator Uwajumogu was full of life at the Senate Chamber on Tuesday, which made the news of his death even more difficult to take.

“Senator Uwajumogu’s sudden death is shocking and a painful loss to the ninth National Assembly where he always made robust contributions to the debates and other activities of the Upper legislative chamber,” Lawan said.

Similarly, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, said he was saddened by the incident.

He recalled that the deceased lived a selfless life while serving as a member of the Imo State House of Assembly, Speaker of the House and Senator.

“His public service, from his time in the Imo State House of Assembly as a member, and later as Speaker of the Assembly, through to his service in the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, was never about personal ambition for its own sake.

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