Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Idris Wase, has expressed grief and sadness over the demise of the Senator representing Plateau South senatorial district, Ignatius Longjan, who passed away in the early hours of Monday in Abuja.
In a condolence message issued in Abuja, Wase described the senator’s demise as shocking and a great loss to the people of Plateau State and Nigeria in general.
Longjan, who died at the age of 74, was until his death, a serving senator representing Plateau south which included Wase’s constituency, under the platform of he All Progressives Congress (APC).
He also served as a Deputy Governor of Plateau State between 2011 and 2015 under the administration of Jonah Jang, as well as Chief of Staff of the Plateau government house from 2007 to 2011.
In the condolence message issued by Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Speaker, Umar Muhammad Puma, Wase said he was heartbroken by the death of Longjan whom he said devoted his entire life in true service to the people of Plateau state and his constituents.
He said during his time at the National Assembly, the late senator remained committed to the business of lawmaking and ensured he represented his constituents well against all odds.
“Late Ignatius Longjan was a beacon of hope for many people in Plateau state and for numerous other Nigerians as a result of his dedication to true service and kindness.
“He spent all his life working towards the good of many in Plateau and across the country across his various positions in the public service up to his short time in the National Assembly.
“Our dear state and indeed the entire country has lost a rare gem who has been snatched away by the cold hands of death and whose legacy will forever be remembered .”
The Deputy Speaker extended his condolence to the family of the deceased, the government and people of Plateau State, and prayed to Almighty God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.