Why I quickly identified with Senator Wakili in Senate ― Andrew Uchendu

Sen. Uchendu (Rivers East) joined Senate in September 2017.


Nigerian Senate on Tuesday adjourned sitting in honour of deceased colleague, Senator Ali Wakili who died in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Rising on order 43, Senate Leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, draw the attention of the Senate to the rule, which calls for suspension of plenary and other legislative businesses whenever the House loses its member.

“On the 17th March, 2018 we woke up to the sad news of the death of our friend, brother and colleague Senator Ali Wakili. It is our tradition, convention and culture in the Senate and indeed the National Assembly in general that when this kind of divine incidents happens and we lose a colleague either in the Senate or in the House of Representatives, we normally observe a minute silence in honour of the departed. And also adjourned plenary and suspend all other parliamentary activities in the National Assembly”.

The motion to adjourned Plenary to Wednesday, 21st March was seconded by the Minority Leader of the Senate.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, called on the Senators to commensurate with members of his immediate family, people of Bauchi state and Nigerians in general. He also informed the House of a valedictory session on Wednesday, March 21.

“It is only proper that we pay our respects to him, his family, his constituents that he contributed to and the country.

“The Upper Chamber would hold a valedictory session for late Senator Ali Wakili tomorrow. Please ensure that we are all dressed appropriately for that session tomorrow. I hereby adjourn the Senate till Wednesday the 21st of March 2018, 10am prompt.”

Late Senator Ali Wakili was born in 1960 and attended the Lere Primary School in 1979. He proceeded to Government Secondary School Damaturu where he obtained his Secondary School leaving certificate.

He attended the Bauchi College for Arts and Science in 1979. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Arts in 1982 from Bayero University Kano.

He was enlisted in the Nigeria Customs Service after which he attended the customs training school Lagos in 1984 and the infantry training school Jaji in 1991. The late lawmaker retired from the service as a Comptroller of Customs.

Late Senator Ali Wakili won the Bauchi South Senatorial Seat in the 2015 election on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and until his death was an active member of the APC caucus in the Nigerian Senate and Chairman Senate Committee on Poverty Alleviation.

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