From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Kogi House of Assembly has named the Assembly Administrative block after the late Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives and member representing Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency, Arc. Buba Jibril.
The decision to immortalise the late legislator at plenary on Wednesday followed the adoption of a Matter of Urgent Public Importance raised by former Speaker of the House, Umar Imam (APC-Lokoja I).
Imam who formally announced the untimely death of Jibril on the floor described him as a public servant, a leader, a legislator of exemplary character, a role model who deserved to be immortalised.
He said Jibril’s unblemished records of service to the state and the nation at large as well as political representation were unparalleled.
The former speaker said Jibril served humanity and the nation in a record number of times, adding that between 2003 and 2015, Jibril contested four different elections in regular succession and emerged victorious in each of them.
Imam said his concerns in the motion were encapsulated in line lines four and five of the first stanza of the National Anthem, “The Labour of our heroes past shall never be in vein.”
Seconding the motion, Zakari Osewu Mohammed (APC-Kogi-Koton-Karfe) described Jibril as a mentor and one who saw politics as service to the people and one whose credibility was visible.
Supporting the motion, the Deputy Speaker, Hassan Abdullahi (APC-Dekina-Okura) and Haruna Musa (APC-Idah) eulogised the virtues of the late parliamentarian and urged members to emulate him by always remembering their constituents who gave them their mandate.
The Speaker, Prince Matthew Kolawole while ruling on the motion reiterated the need for public office holders to always remember they were representing the people and should strive to be remembered for good.