By Aaron Ossai
The leadership of the House of Representatives, led by the Speaker, Hon Yakubu Dogara, has paid a condolence visit to the President of the Senate, Sen. Bukola Saraki and the leadership of the Senate over the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke, who passed on over the weekend.
Dogara, said while expressing sadness over the sudden demise of the late senator, that he will be remembered for his legacies, especially for his dedication to the betterment of the common man.
Speaking during the condolence visit at the office of the Senate President, he also offered condolences to President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Osun State and the immediate family of the deceased, praying that God grants them the fortitude to bear the loss.
He said the sudden death came as a rude shock, especially, as he was “someone, who, as described on the floor of the House, whose major preoccupation was the problem of the common man.”
“We were rudely shocked by the sudden, very sudden departure of this great Nigerian who has contributed immensely to his home state Osun, and the development of this country as a whole.
“On behalf of members of the House of Representatives, we have come to offer our sincere condolences and we pray that God condoles the government of this country ably led by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Senate President, the Senate leadership, all the members of the Senate, the entire National Assembly community, the government and people of Osun State, his immediate family, which will of course, miss him most and we pray that God will forgive his sins and grant his soul eternal rest,” the Speaker prayed.
Speaking earlier when he addressed newsmen after signing the condolence register in front of the Senate chamber, Dogara said the late Senator will be remembered for the legacies he left behind.
He added that it is a sad day for the entire membership and staff of the National Assembly, which is why, as is the custom of the House, activities of the House was adjourned in memory of the member lost.
The Speaker added, “In this case, personally, I can say that I was rudely shocked by the sudden departure of this great man, an icon, and as you have heard from many of my colleagues who knew him, who played politics with him and who payed tribute to him on the floor of the House, you now know his legacies that he left behind when he was with us.
“As we mourn him, we will continue to remember those legacies and be inspired by them; the legacies that he left behind, the legacies that survives him and the lessons we are learning from this is how sudden one’s departure can be from this earth that is limited by time into timelessness and when we exit this world, what speaks for you are the legacies you left behind, the good deeds you do. So, that therefore means that we should rededicate ourselves recommit ourselves to doing well for mankind.”