Governor Dapo Abiodun has described the death of a former speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ghali Umar Na’Abba as a great loss, not only to his family and Kano State, but to Nigeria.
The former speaker reportedly died early on Wednesday at the age of 65 years.
He was elected into the House of Representatives in 1999 and replaced Salisu Buhari, also from Kano State as Speaker after a certificate scandal.
Governor Abiodun acknowledged the contributions made by Hon. Na’Abba during the period of his speakership when Nigeria was just coming out of a long military dictatorship.
The governor noted that the seed planted by the late Na’Abba and his colleague lawmakers in the National Assembly has germinated to full-blown democratic dispensation, with Nigeria becoming a reference point in Africa.
As a respected leader and statesman, he played a pivotal role in shaping Nigeria’s democracy and tirelessly advocated for the welfare of his constituents.
“It is with great sadness that we have learned about the passing of a remarkable statesman and a true servant of the people.
“Rt. Hon. Na’Abba was not just a former speaker of the House of Representatives; he was a visionary leader who dedicated his life to public service. His unwavering commitment to upholding the principles of democracy and his tireless efforts towards nation-building have left an indelible mark on our great nation.
“Throughout his political career, Hon. Na’Abba distinguished himself as a man of integrity, wisdom, and compassion. His leadership qualities were evident in the way he tirelessly advocated for the rights and welfare of the Nigerian people. Under his able guidance, significant strides were made towards strengthening our democracy and promoting good governance.
“Moreover, he was a staunch advocate for the people of Kano State. His dedication to their well-being was unparalleled, and his love and passion for his home state will forever be remembered.
“On behalf of the government and the good people of Ogun State, I extend our deepest sympathies to the people of Kano State and the Na’Abba family. We share in your grief as we bid farewell to a remarkable leader.
“As we mourn the loss of a great statesman, let us also celebrate his life and legacy. May his remarkable achievements and selfless dedication to the Nigerian people serve as an inspiration to all.
“Let us honour his memory by continuing his work and striving for a Nigeria that he would be proud of,” Abiodun said.