- President Buhari has described the death of Senator Ignatius Longjan as a loss to Nigeria
- Senator Longjan's death was announced on Monday, February 10
- The late senator represented Plateau South at the National Assembly
Hours after the news of the death of the lawmaker representing Plateau South at the Senate, Ignatius Longjan, was broken on Monday, February 10, President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted.
Legit.ng reports that the president through his senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, described Longjan's death as a loss to the National Assembly and the entire country as a whole.
In a statement issued by Shehu on Monday, February 10, the president extended heartfelt condolences to the National Assembly, government and people of Plateau state over the demise of Senator Longjan.
"The president commiserates with family, friends and political associates of the senator, who served the state as a deputy governor, 2011-2015, and had also served the country as a career diplomat for many years.
"President Buhari affirms that the senator had been steadfast, loyal and diligent in serving the country and his contributions to peace and stability in the state will always be remembered. The president prays that the Almighty God will grant the soul of the departed rest, and comfort his family and constituency," he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Longjan died in a Turkish hospital in Abuja after battling an undisclosed illness.
It was reported that Longjan who was a former deputy governor of the state represents Plateau Southern senatorial district in the National Assembly.
Also, the president of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Monday, February 10, expressed sadness over the death of Senator Longjan who died at a Turkish hospital in Abuja on Sunday, February 9.
In a related development, a member who represented Garki/ Babura federal constituency of Jigawa state, Hon Muhammad Gawo died.
The federal lawmaker died in Dubai while undergoing medical treatment over a disease associated with his legs.
Aged 74, the late Fagen Gawo was in his second term as a member of the National Assembly. He left behind 10 children and a wife.
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