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Bello, Dogara, Gbajabiamila mourn Jibrin


Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has expressed “deep shock” over the death of Buba Umar Jibril, representing Lokoja/ Kotonkarfe Federal Constituency of Kogi State on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House of Representatives.

In a statement signed by the Director General, Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, and made available to The Guardian in Lokoja, yesterday, the governor described the late Jibril as a politician that “lived in the hearts of his people,” saying the vacuum his death left in the state and the APC would be difficult to fill.

Similarly, Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, and House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, expressed sadness over the death of their colleague.


Dogara noted that Jibril would greatly be missed by the House and expressed his condolences to his immediate family, wives, children, relations, constituents and people of Kogi State.

He described Jibril, a former speaker of the state Assembly, as an upright man, a leader per excellence, patriotic, committed and hardworking lawmaker and worthy representative.

Gbajabiamila, who recalled his last moment with the deceased, noted: “It is with great pain and sadness that I received the news of my friend, colleague, and deputy, Jubril.

“He was the Deputy House Leader and we sat next to each other daily on the floor almost three years. Buba, as we fondly called him, was a very transparent man, a rare characteristic in any politician. 

Bello said he was “a man of the people. His life is a book for anyone aspiring for greatness to read. The late Buba identified with his people and lived a life of service to the poor in his constituency.

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