Deputy Speaker Mourns Ex- Speaker Ghali Na’ Abba Says he was Parliamentarian with Unusual Legislative Acumen, Zeal, Zest

From Lateef Taiwo

Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu has expressed shock over the death of the former speaker of the House, Alhaji Ghali Umar Na ‘Abba.

The former speaker who represented Kano Municipal Federal Constituency of Kano State in 1999 reportedly died yesterday in Abuja at the age of 65 after suffering from an illness.

This was contained in a press statement signed by
Levinus Nwabughiogu, Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Speaker, made available to journalists in Abuja.

The statement further described Na ‘Abba as a “fine parliamentarian with unusual legislative acumen, zeal and zest”, stating that the former speaker had made numerous lofty contributions to the body of laws in Nigeria including a lot of impacts on the political trajectories of the country.

The Deputy Speaker was particularly happy that Na’Abba even long after his tenure ended always found time to attend the special sessions of the House and was willing to share his perspectives on some legislative developments.

Kalu however regretted that Na ‘Abba’s demise will bring an end to the institutional memories he embodied and exuded while alive.

Commiserating with the family of the former speaker, his immediate boss, Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas, Ph.D, and other political associates over the loss, Kalu enjoined them to be comforted by the fact that Na’ Abba lived his life serving Nigeria and humanity.

The Deputy Speaker also prayed Almighty God to accept the soul of Na ‘Abba and grant him eternal rest


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