The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has mourned the death of his deputy, Jubril Buba, saying he will miss him greatly.
Gbajabiamila in a statement, on Friday, said he received the news of his deputy’s death with pain and sadness recalling how they sat next to each other daily on the floor of the House of Representatives for almost three years.
“Buba as we fondly call him was a very transparent man a rare characteristic in any politician. He was transparent to a fault and very principled. I will miss Buba and my heart thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
“I went to see him just over a week ago in hospital and we were informed he was doing well and would be discharged. I had looked forward to his resumption but alas!!!,” Gbajabiamila said in the statement.
Jibril died at the age of 58 in the early hours of Friday.
He will be buried later today in Lokoja after the Jummat prayer.
The Majority Leader of the House of Representatives has pledged the Parliament’s commitment to ensuring adequate funding for HIV/AIDS control in Nigeria.
Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila gave the assurance during a meeting held on Friday at the National Assembly with a delegation of the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS led by the Country Director, Dr Bilali Camara.
The UN official said Nigeria needed to strive to match foreign donations in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
He said that Nigeria’s HIV/AIDS prevalence had put the country on the scale of nations that needed to do more to contain the disease.
The majority leader of the House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila says a 100 per cent budget implementation will be one of the major focus of the 8th Assembly now that the principal officers of the National Assembly have been chosen and the lawmakers are set for work.
Gbajabiamila told Journalists that the 8th Assembly would open up its books to the public with a breakdown of what lawmakers earn to allow public scrutiny and end the unfavourable speculations over salaries of lawmakers at the National Assembly once and for all.