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Senate Holds Joint Valedictory Sessions for Late Chukwumerije, Zannah

Uche Chukwumerije

Ayodele Afolabi, Abuja – The senate will tomorrow ( Wednesday), hold joint valedictory session for Late senators Uche Chukwumerije ( PDP Abia North) and Ahmad Zannah ( APC Borno Central) .

This was announced on the floor of the Senate yesterday by the Senate President, David Mark.

Chukwumerije died at the Turkey International Hospital in Abuja on the 19th of last month at the age of 76 while Zannah died last Saturday, 16th May, 2015 at the Abuja National Hospital at the age of 60.

The Valedictory session was earlier singularly planned for Senator Chukwumerije before the death of Zannah few days back, who has since been buried in Bama , his town in Borno State, while Chukwumerije’s burial will take place in his home town, Ngodo Isuochi, Abia state on Friday , May 22, 2015.

Senate had in its usual tradition, held a minute silence in honour of Senator Zannah after which it adjourned till Wednesday for the valedictory session.

In his remarks before the adjournment, the Senate President, David Mark said” in keeping with the tradition of the senate, we will not sit today .

“There will be joint valedictory sessions for both Chukwumerije and Zannah tomorrow where senators are expected to dress in black or in white with black stripes.

After the adjournment, the senate President led other senators to sign the condolence register positioned directly at the entrance of the senate Hollow chamber .

Mark wrote in the condolence register ” Zannah was an honest , down to earth distinguished senator who was closed to his people and served the Nation to the best of his ability while alive. Rest in peace”.

After signing the condolence register, Mark also led other senators in making further remarks on the late senator.

He said: “It is God who gives life and he is the one who can take life, He has called him at the appropriate time and we are grateful to God that he contributed his best to make sure that the zone he represented enjoyed the benefits of democracy.

“Whether it is one senator or two sensors or three senators, anytime there is a death the feeling is the one of sorrow. Our prayer is that the family of the deceased should be given the fortitude by the Almighty God to bear the irreparable loss of their loved ones.”




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