Death snatching good ones among us, Senators lament

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By Sanni Onotu, Abuja


Senators on Wednesday lamented that death appears to be after the good ones among them.

This is even as the Senate paid glowing tributes to their late colleague, Senator Ignatius Datong Longjan (Plateau South).

The valedictory session for Longjan followed a motion to suspend plenary moved by the Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi (Kebbi North).

Senator Longjan died on Tuesday February 10, 2010 while undergoing treatment at the Turkish Hospital Abuja, following a protracted illness.

The death of Longjan came barely two months after the demise of Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu.

Uwajumogu has represented Imo North Senatorial District in the Senate. He was age 51.

Longjan’s immediate family members including his wife children and a high-powered delegation from Plateau state were ushered into the chamber to witness the session.

The Plateau delegation was led by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase.

The Deputy Governor of Plateau state, Prof. Soni Tyoden and former Governor Jonah Jang were also part of the state delegation.

Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe in his contribution said it seems that death is targeting good Senators in the chamber.

Abaribe said: “Yet again we are losing another good man. A few days ago we were here doing this same thing, a valedictory for one of our colleagues.

“The question we always ask is why we are losing the good ones. All the wicked people are in this country they don’t die.

“It is the good ones that  go. And so today, we commiserate with the wife and children and the people that he represents and of course the diplomatic community from where he came and Nigerians in general.”

On his part, Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun Central) said good men don’t actually die.

Amosun said: “I came in 2003 and left in 2007. Of course we had sad incidences like this twice until when we had that accident that three of our colleagues died – Sokoto Senators.

“But between that time and now, 21 of us have gone. How did I know? At the end of every year, I will send my office diary to them.

“When I came, I asked they said 21. So between 2007 and 2020, 21 of us has answered the call of the almighty. It tells us how ephemeral this life is. We pray that we do not keep experiencing things like this.

“I have a different view about good men dying early. I think God himself knows, when good men die, they don’t die.

“They will be remembered in the life of those that were left behind and the bad ones, he leaves them to live and eventually when they die, nobody remembers them and when they do, they will be remembered for the wrong reasons.”