Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila in a separate statement on Monday expressed shock over the demise of a member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Jafaru Illiyasu Auna.
Honourable Jafaru, who represented Rijau/Magama Federal Constituency of Niger State in the ninth National Assembly died on Monday morning in Abuja after a brief illness.
Lawan commiserated with the family of the deceased lawmaker and the government and people of Niger State and pray Almighty Allah to give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Gbajabiamila in his statement said he was “deeply shaken” by the demise of the Niger Rep, adding that he was a gentleman who showed great willingness and determination to work with his other colleagues to make good laws for the country.
He described the lawmaker’s passing away as painful, adding that he would be remembered for his commitment to representing the interest of his people and Nigerians as a whole.
“I woke up this morning only to hear the sad news of the passing away of our great colleague, Rep Ja’afaru Iliyasu.
“Rep Iliyasu was a gentleman and a determined lawmaker who wanted to make his mark in service to his country. Unfortunately, death took him away at this time.
“Within the last few months that he had been in the House, he proved himself to be a worthy legislator. I must say that I am pained just like my other colleagues over his demise. I pray the Almighty Allah grants him Jannatul Firdaus as his final abode,” the Speaker said.