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House of Reps announces death of its Deputy Leader


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.

Bello described the late Jibril as a man who “lived in the hearts of his people”, saying the vacuum he left in the state and the ruling party will be difficult to fill, according to a statement by Kingsley Fanwo, the Director General of Media and Publicity.

“The late former Kogi State House of Assembly Speaker and a Principal Officer of the House of Representatives was a man of the people. His life is a book for anyone aspiring for greatness to read.

“The late Jibril identified with his people and lived a life of serving the poor in his constituency.

“He was a successful politician and a lesson in positivism; a man who chose to take his destiny in his hand on several occasions.

“He will be remembered for his astuteness and purposeful leadership as well as his philanthropic life and service to humanity.

“The New generation of Kogites and Nigerians at large will have a lot to learn from the life of the great patriot”.

The governor assured the people of Kogi that the “departed hero and indomitable grassroots commander” would be immortalised to keep the memories of his great contributions to the development of Kogi and Nigeria as a whole.