House of Representatives members mourn colleague, Fagen-Gawo
Members of the House of Representatives entered the New Year with the mourning of their colleague, Mohammed Fagen-Gawo, who represented Garki/Babura of Jigawa State.
The deputy speaker, Ahmed Wase, expressed shock over the sudden death of Fagen-Gawo.
In a statement, Wase described the death of Fagen-Gawo as a huge loss, saying the National Assembly would miss his contributions on critical national issues.
“We have lost a friend and a brother. The deceased has been known to be a hardworking and committed lawmaker whose views on key national issues were respected by his colleagues in the house.
“The late Fagen-Gawo has worked very hard in the time he represented his constituency. We mourn him, but we are consoled by the fact that he left his giant footprints in the sands of time, which should be emulated,” he said.
Wase prayed God to give the bereaved family the fortitude to bear the loss, while extending his sincere condolences to the people and government of Jigawa.
Minority Leader of the green chamber, Ndudi Elumelu, also expressed sadness over the death, describing it as a huge national loss.
He said the country would miss Fagen-Gawo’s vibrant and constructive contributions on the floor of the house.
On behalf of the minority caucus, Elumelu prayed God to console the bereaved family, constituents, state as well as the National Assembly and give all the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
The demise of the lawmaker pronounced dead in a Dubai hospital occurred on the eve of the New Year, a day after a another member, Jafaru Auna representing Rijau/Magama Federal Constituency of Niger State passed on in Abuja.
Also, chairman of the House committee on Air Force, Dr. Shehu Koko, commiserated with the bereaved family.
Koko described the deceased as a friendly lawmaker and a man of peace who would be missed by all, especially his constituents.
His words, “The late Fagen-Gawo is a friend and I have always known him to be a man of peace who loves to share the little he has. His sudden demise took everyone by surprise especially his close friends.
“This is a painful exit and a sad news in the New Year. He left behind kids and wives as well as close friends that will miss his contributions on the floor of the house.”
Koko disclosed that remains of the deceased, who left behind 10 children and two wives, would be buried in accordance with Islamic rites as soon as it is flown into the country.
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