The House of Representatives has announced the death of its Deputy Leader, Umar Buba Jibrin, who died in the early hours of Friday.
In a statement signed by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, the house described Jibrin as “an upright man, a leader per excellence, a patriotic, committed hardworking lawmaker and a worthy representative”.
“We regret to announce the passing away of our friend, brother, colleague and leader, Umar Buba Jibrin, Deputy Leader of the House of Representatives, whose sad demise occurred in the early hours of Friday, after a protracted illness.”
According to the statement, Jibrin will be buried on Friday in Lokoja after the Juma’at prayer.
The House extended its condolences to his immediate family, wives, children, relations, constituents and people of Kogi.
Jibrin was a one time Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly and until his death, he was the Deputy Leader of the House of Representatives.
The house prays that his gentle soul rests in peace.
A member of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Tajudeen (APC-Kogi), described the death of Jibril as a big loss.
The lawmaker, who represents Ijumu/Kabba-Bunu Federal Constituency, said the news of Jibril’s death which occurred in the early hours of Friday, came to him as a shock.
He said that late Jibril would be missed by all as he was a patriotic and hardworking representative of Kogi.
Tajudeen who was speaking while on his way to the burial, said, “his death is still shocking to us, now we are going for his burial”.
“I just want to remind us all that we do not own this life,” he said.
The late Jibril represented Lokoja/Kogi (KK) Federal Constituency in the House.
Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, on Friday in Lokoja expressed “deep shock” over the demise of Jibril.