Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja
The Senate will today honour two of its own, late Senators Uche Chukwumerije and late Senator Ahmad Zannah in a joint valedictory session at the Red Chambers. The notice of the valedictory session was given on the floor of the Chamber by the Senate President, Senator David Mark, prior to the suspension of its Plenary Session yesterday as a mark of honour to its deceased member, in accordance with its tradition. It would be recalled that the Senate had earlier fixed today as a valedictory session day for late Chukwumerije before the death of Zannah few days ago.
The UNION reports that the development leads to the adjustment to carry out the session for the two deceased legislators simultaneously. The UNION further reports that Chukwumerije died on April 19 at the Turkish Hospital in Abuja, while Zannah died on the evening of Saturday, May 16 at the National Hospital in Abuja. While Zannah has since been buried at his Bama town in Borno State according to Islamic tradition, Chukwumerije will be buried this Friday, May 22 at his Ngodo Isuochi home town in Abia State. Prior to its adjournment yesterday, the Senate, in its usual tradition, observed a minute silence in honour of Zannah.
In his remarks before the adjournment, Mark said, “in keeping with the tradition of the Senate, we will not sit today (yesterday). There will be joint valedictory sessions for both Chukwumerije and Zannah tomorrow (today) where senators are expected to dress in black or in white with black stripes”. Mark, who led his colleagues to sign the condolence register for Zannah, after the adjournment, noted that the deceased lawmaker worked hard to ensure that his constituents enjoyed the benefits of democracy. “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 (Zannah) contributed his best to make sure that the zone he represented enjoyed the benefits of democracy.