Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has expressed shock over the sudden death of Senator Ali Wakili representing Bauchi south senatorial district.
Wakili, 58, was said to be among the guests that attended the wedding of of the daughter of billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote, on Friday in Kano.
He was reported to have slumped at his Gwarimpa residence, Abuja and was taken to the hospital where he died on Saturday.
Dogara, in a statement by his spokesman, Turaki Hassan, described news of the death as devastating and heart breaking.
He said the late seator was his “personal friend, true brother and dependable ally.”
The statement said “The death of Sen. Ali Wakili is a personal loss to me. I’m short of words to describe how devastated and heart broken I am over the passing away of this true friend, brother and confidant, with whom I had excellent brotherly relationship and association”.
“We have indeed lost a distinguished parliamentarian, easy going and courageous person who had worked tirelessly both in the Senate chamber and outside to defend the interest of his constituents, Bauchi State and the downtrodden members of the society in the country at large”.
“Within his short but eventful sojourn in the National Assembly, Sen. Wakili had distinguished himself with his characteristic display of patriotism, forthrightness and logical skills during debates and other legislative duties.
“We in Bauchi State and in particular, Bauchi South Senatorial District, have lost a worthy ambassador and a distinguished gentleman. But we’ll take solace in the fact that his humanitarian services and other accomplishments will continue to be a source of inspiration to us all”.
“Our deep condolences go to his immediate family, constituents, the people of Bauchi State and the nation atlarge over this irreparable loss.”
The speaker prayed God Almighty to grant his soul eternal rest.