Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives, on Wednesday visited the family of late Sultan Ibrahim Dasuki in Kaduna to condole with them over the late monarch’s death.
Dasuki, who was Sultan of Sokoto between 1988 and 1996, died on Monday night in an Abuja hospital at the age of 93.
The Speaker who was accompanied by House Chief Whip Hon Alhassan Ado Doguwa, Deputy Leader Umar Buba Jibril and scores of members, extolled the virtues of the late monarch whom he described as a patriot and an elder statesman.
“In life when someone of the late Sultan’s status departs we thank God for longevity, long life and life well spent even though we always feel the pain of physical separation.
“And we know that this is a very difficult moment for the immediate family having lost their patriach.
“When the greatest amongs us depart no word of condolences, or exultation expressing what they were that is enough to celebrate them.
“The only way we can celebrate them is to remember those qualities that they exhibited when they were alife and what they stood for, what they struggle for, .. issues of justice, equality, service to humanity and doing their best for the progress of mankind.
“If we remember all these things then propose within ourselves that we will promote these virtues for which they lived and fought for that we will be remembering them.
“For us here my plea is that we remember his eminence the late Sultan, remember his times here what he stood for and those virtues he promoted and then we purpose it within us that we are going to replicate them that is the best way to ensure that his memories linger forever. We bring condolences to his immediate family.
Responding on behalf of the family, Magajin Garin Zazzau, Alhaji Ahmad Nuhu Bamalli, expressed their gratitude to the Speaker for the condolence visit.
“I want to say a big thank you to the Speaker and appreciate him for coming to condole with us.
It is a very difficult time for us in the family.”
“You are a member of this family because you considered our late father as your father too. We remember when he was ill you sent a very powerful delegation to London which visited him in the hospital we appreciate you.”