The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Barau I. Jibrin, has mourned former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ghali Umar Na’Abba, who died on Wednesday, at the age of 65.
Senator Barau, in a condolence message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity,Ismail Mudashir, prayed to Almighty Allah to grant the late Speaker Jannatul Firdausi and all those he left behind the strength to bear the irreparable loss.
Senator Barau, while extolling the late Speaker, said the deceased was a parliamentarian par excellence, who promoted and defended legislative independence during his era as the Speaker of the House of Representatives between July and June 2003.
Na’Abba, who represented Kano Municipal between 1999 and 2003, became the speaker after Alhaji Salisu Buhari resigned from the position.
The Deputy President of the Senate, who chaired the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation during Na’Abba’s tenure, said the deceased was
committed to the concept of separation of powers, protection of the rule of law and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria during his tenure.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of our late brother, Alhaji Ghali Umar Na’Abba. May Allah SWT grant him Jannatul Firdausi and give all of us that he left behind the strength to bear this irreparable loss. He was a patriotic Nigerian par excellence who lived and worked for the development of our beloved country.
” Throughout his tenure as speaker of the House of Representatives and even after he promoted and defended the country’s Constitution. This was what endeared the late Speaker to all” he said.