Buhari Sends Condolence Team To Bauchi Over Wakili’s Death
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday, sent a high-level government delegation to Bauchi to commiserate with the people of the state and the family of the late Senator representing Bauchi South, Ali Wakili.
The President who described the death as shocking, said Wakili appeared “full of life” when he last saw him, at the wedding ceremony of daughter of business mogul, Aliko Dangote in Kano, barely 24 hours before the news broke.
In separate letters written earlier to the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwan Adamu, and the older brother of the late Senator, Alhaji Mohammed Wakili, President Buhari said he received the news with great shock and sadness.
“By common consent, Senator Ali Wakili was a noted and indefatigable member of the Senate who lived a simple yet purposeful life, and to the end, he played politics of commitment to a cause. There is no doubt he would be remembered as a capable and principled representative of his Senatorial District and the people of Nigeria,” the President noted.
Thereafter, he sent the government delegation to the state, led by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu.
Also, among the delegation were the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Musa Bello, and the Minister of State, Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Sulaiman Hassan.
Others were three Senior Special Assistants (SSAs) to the President, Sarki Abba, Ya’u Darazo and Garba Shehu as well as the Permanent Secretary in the State House, Mr. Jalal Arabi.
Many have described the late senator as one of the President’s staunchest supporters.
He, however, prayed for the repose of his soul saying: “I pray to God to forgive him and cover him with his mercy and grace.”