Senate mourns ex-Yobe governor, Abba Ibrahim

Sharon EboesomiFebruary 7, 20243 min

The Senate observed a minute silence for the late Ibrahim and resolved to send a high-powered delegation to pay the family a condolence visit. 

Senate mourns ex-Yobe governor, Ibrahim

The Senate on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, expressed sadness over the demise of Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim who was a former governor of Yobe State.

The Senate upon resumption of the day’s plenary immediately went into an executive session for over 3 hours and after reconvening observed a minute silence in honour of the late Ibrahim.

It also resolved to send a high-powered delegation to pay the family of the deceased and the government and people of Yobe State a condolence visit.

These resolutions followed the adoption of a motion on the demise of Senator Ibrahim moved by former Senate President Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe North).

In his lead debate, he stated that Senator Ibrahim was a committed leader, dedicated politician, and public servant who contributed immensely to the development of Yobe State and Nigeria.

According to him, the passing of Senator Ibrahim was a great loss not only to his family, but to the people of Yobe State and, indeed, Nigeria as a whole.

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Lawan said: “During his tenure as Governor between 1999 and 2007, Yobe State witnessed significant progress in various sectors, including education, infrastructure, healthcare, and agriculture.

“He introduced a free education programme in Yobe State in 2004, which provided free education to primary and secondary school students in the state. This program helped to increase school enrollment and reduce the illiteracy rate in the state.

“After completing his 8-year stint as Governor of Yobe State, he contested to represent Yobe East Senatorial District in the National Assembly during the 2007 General Elections, under the platform of the ANPP. He was re-elected in 2011 and 2015, respectively.

“During the 2015 General Elections, he contested under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, the APC. As a three-time Senator, he served as Chairman and member of several Senate standing committees.

“In recognition of his meritorious service and outstanding academic accomplishments, the late Sen. Bukar Ibrahim was inducted as a Fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors (FNIQS); Fellow, of Nigerian Institute of Agricultural Engineers; and a member of the Institute of Directors,” he added.

STAR Check: Nigerians, particularly, constituents of Yobe North district, can keep tabs on the legislative performance of Sen. Lawan throughout the 10th senate here.

Sharon Eboesomi

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