‘Wakili asked for tea before he died’

Ex-Customs controller turned Senator, Ali Wakili is dead

A member of House of Representatives, Mohammed Sani-Abdu, on Tuesday revealed how the late Senator Ali Wakili died.

According to him, Wakili had got dressed and ready to travel to Yola, Adamawa State, to attend the wedding of the daughter of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha.

But, before leaving the house, Sani-Abdu who spoke on the floor of the House, said the late senator asked his wife to prepare a meal for him to eat.

“This is why we have to continue to appreciate our wives. His wife received the first shock. She prepared porridge and brought it for him to eat. But Wakili told her he wanted something light instead, like tea. She went back to get the tea, only for her to return and find her husband slumped on the floor.”

Sani-Abdu recalled how he personally washed the late senator and prepared his body for burial, having been told what happened.

He added, “The wife is a very courageous woman. I asked her whether she would be strong enough so that I could remove the cloth from his face for her to see the husband for the last time.

“She agreed. You know, people are somehow afraid of dead bodies. But, this woman did not only hold her husband, she prayed for him and tightly embraced the body.

“She did not want to let go of the body. It took some women, who had strength, to pull her away from Wakili.

“Immediately she was separated from him, she fainted and people had to bring water to pour on her. She took the first shock.”

The session was presided over by the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, who hails from the same district as Sani-Abdu and Wakili.

The House observed a minute’s silence in his honour and later shut the plenary till Wednesday after praying for Wakili’ soul.    

In a separate development, the Senate on Tuesday suspended plenary in honour of Wakili.

The majority leader of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, who moved a motion for suspension of plenary, said that the demise of the lawmaker was a sad incident for the Senate.

Lawan said, “It is also a sad incident for his senatorial district that he represented so well and for the entire country as well as the development of democracy in the country.

“It is our tradition, convention and culture in the National Assembly that when this kind of divine incident happens, we normally observe one-minute silence in honour of the departed.”

Sen. Philip Aduda supported the motion and silence were observed in honour of the deceased member.

In his remarks, President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki, said it was proper for the Senate, as part of respect to the deceased and his family to adjourn all parliamentary activities in his honour.

Plenary was consequently adjourned until Wednesday.   

Wakili, 58, was a former Controller, Tin Can Island Customs Area Command and Senator representing Bauchi South Senatorial District.

He served as Chairman, Senate Committee on Poverty Alleviation and Social Welfare.



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