The two Chambers of the National Assembly were once again thrown into mourning following the demise of two law-makers during the two week Easter break, the Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Umar Buba Jibril (Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency) died at the age of 58 and Sen. Mustapha Bukar (Katsina North Senatorial District) at the age of 64.
In line with the rules of both Chambers, the plenary sessions of Tuesday, March 10, 2018 were adjourned to the next legislative date to allow Members of the Parliament mourn the death of their colleagues as mark of respect.
Consequently, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who presided over Tuesday’s session on adjournment of sitting led a procession of distinguished Senators to the Lobby of the National Assembly to sign the Condolence Register opened in honour of Late Sen. Mustapha Bukar.
While, briefing newsmen, Sen. Saraki expressed his heart-felt condolences to the immediate families of the deceased, the people and government of Katsina State; while other Principal Officers and Members of the Chamber followed suit.
Prior to the adjournment of session, Senate President had acknowledged the receipt of four Executive Communication from President Muhammadu Buhari. The four letters which were read on the floor of the Senate Chamber by the Presiding Officer include:
a) Letter from President Muhammadu Buhari condoling the entire Senate over the demise of Sen. Ali Wakil (Bauchi South) and Sen. Mustapha Bukar (Katsina North). The President prayed for the repose of the Souls of the deceased and the Senate the fortitude to bear the loss.
b) Letter from President Muhammadu Buhari requesting the screening and confirmation of 23 Members of the National Population Commission (NPC)
c) Letter from President Muhammadu Buhari seeking the screening and confirmation of Barr. Festus Okoye for appointment into the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to represent South-East Geo-Political Zone
d) Forwarding of the Nomination of two persons, Abba Ali (Katsina Satate) and Muhammed Sabi (Niger State) for appointment as Non-Legal Practitioner Members of the National Judicial Service Commission.