The Senate Tuesday sat for just five minutes from 10:55 to 11:00am as a result of the death of Senator Ignatius Longjan who died at the Turkish Hospital Abuja on Sunday.
This is as the Upper legislative Chamber set Wednesday, February 12, 2020, for valedictory session in memory of Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu who died on December 17, 2019 .
Shortness of Tuesday’s session was sequel to a motion moved to that effect by the Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (APC Kebbi North).
The Senate Leader in the motion anchored on Order 43 of the Senate’s Standing rules under personal explanation said, “With shock on my shoulder, I rise to formally announce the demise of one of us, Senator Ignatius Longjan who represented Plateau South Senatorial District until his death in Abuja here on Sunday after a brief illness.
“I therefore in line with our convention, move for a one minute silence in honour of the departed soul and adjourn plenary till tomorrow as well as cancel all other legislative business earlier slated for today “.
The Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP Abia South), accordingly seconded the motion and voted for by all Senators when put to voice vote by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, who presided over the session.
Omo-Agege in his remarks before the adjournment, urged Senators to attend the Wednesday session in White or Black attire .
According to him, while white is to signify celebration of life for Uwajumogu, black will symbolise mourning of his departed soul.
“Longjan ‘s death is one too many in considering its closeness to that of Senator Uwajumogu who died less than two months ago.
“He was a an amiable gentleman who rendered selfless service to his people in various capacities like Deputy Governor of Plateau state and lately Senator who diligently represented the people of Plateau South Senatorial District.
“We are going to miss him, the people of of Plateau will miss him and of course, Nigerians will miss him,” he said.