Longjan: Senate adjourns plenary to mourn the death of Plateau state lawmaker

Longjan: Senate adjourns plenary to mourn the death of Plateau state lawmaker

- The plenary session on Tuesday, February 11, has been adjourned by the Nigerian Senate

- The upper legislative chamber adjourned to mourn the death of Senator Ignatius Longjan

- With this, the Senate will resume on Wednesday, February 12

The Nigerian Senate has adjourned its plenary session to mourn the death of Senator Ignatius Longjan, who died on Sunday, February 9. This was disclosed in a series of tweets by the upper chamber.

Legit.ng reports that the Senate leader cited order 43 and officially informed the Senate on the death of Longjan. The red chamber resolved to observe a minute silence and suspended other legislative activities to another day.

The deputy Senate president, Ovie Omo-Agege, described the death of the senator representing Plateau South as very painful. He expressed sadness over Longjan’s death saying: “He was a gentleman a man who rendered very patriotic service to this country and his state."

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Omo-Agege also announced that the Senate would on Wednesday, February 12, hold a valedictory service in honor of the late Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu. The Imo state senator representing Imo North at the National Assembly died in the early hours of Wednesday, December 18, 2019, at the age of 51.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Longjan died in a Turkish hospital in Abuja after battling an undisclosed illness. Senator Longjan was elected in 2019 on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

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Similarly, the president of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Monday, February 10, expressed sadness over the death of Senator Longjan. In a statement made available to Legit.ng, Lawan commiserated with the family of the deceased, Plateau state government and people over the sad loss.

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In a related development, President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the passing of the lawmaker representing Plateau South hours after the news of the death broke. 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.

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