President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has expressed sadness over the passing of Rt. Hon Umar Buba Jibrin, the Deputy Leader of the House of Representatives, who died in the early hours of Friday.
In posts on his social media pages, Saraki said that Nigeria has lost another seasoned legislator and champion of the common man.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and constituents of the late Rt. Hon Umar Buba Jibrin, deputy leader of the House of Representatives, who passed away early this morning.
“As a former Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Jibrin, was a seasoned legislator and a conscientious lawmaker who always put the interests of the common man first — and championed them at the federal level. He will be greatly missed.
“My deep condolences go out to Speaker Dogara, his colleagues in the House of Representives and the government and people of Kogi State over this great loss,” Saraki said.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in a statement “extended the party’s deep condolences to the family of the deceased, the National Assembly as well as the government and people of Kogi State over the loss of the vibrant and experienced lawmaker who was a three-time member of the House of Representatives.
“The Party notes his vast contributions to the institution of democracy as a former Speaker in the Kogi State House of Assembly and as a longstanding member of the House of Representatives who moved many motions and initiated bills geared towards a better life for Nigerians.
The late Jibril, according to the party, “was a grassroots politician dedicated to the service of his people. He would sorely be missed. May his soul rest in peace.