Nigerian Senate Suspends Plenary Over Death of two Members

The Senate in A Plenary Session

The Nigerian Senate adjourned plenary on Tuesday in honor of two National Assembly members who died recently. `

After returning to plenary after a two-week recess, the Senate observed a minute of silence in honor of both House of Representatives members.

Following a motion moved by the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, and seconded by the Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, the National Assembly suspended plenary in accordance with tradition.

“this distinguished chamber and, to our distinguished colleagues, the passing of two members of the National Assembly by the names of Honourable Haruna Maitala, who until his demise represented Bassa/Jos North Federal Constituency of Plateau State, and who we lost on 2nd April 2021, in a ghastly motor accident,” the Senate Leader said in moving the motion.

He said,

“The second loss we suffered, was that of another Honourable member, Hon. Suleiman Aliyu Lere, representing Lere Federal Constituency from Kaduna State, whom we also lost on 6th April , 2021.”

Abdullahi added that, 
“Mr. President, Distinguished Colleagues, I rise in accordance with our tradition, to move a two motions: one for the suspension on all other items scheduled for consideration on the order paper today; [And] also another motion for this distinguished chamber to observe one minute silence in honour of the departed, I so move.”

While bringing the motion to a voice vote, which was unanimously supported by Senators, Senate President Ahmad Lawan described the demise of the two lawmakers as another sad development in the National Assembly.

Following that, the upper chamber observed a minute of silence in memory of the deceased lawmakers before adjourning plenary until Wednesday, April 14th, 2021.