The senator representing Bauchi South Senatorial District, Ali Wakil has been buried, hours after his death was announced in Abuja.
Wakil’s death reportedly occurred around 9:00 a.m. at his residence in Abuja. He was 58.
The late senator was buried a Gudu District Cemetery in Abuja around 2:00 p.m. after Islamic rites were performed on his remains at the National Mosque.
He was not physically ill prior to his death. He was said to be preparing to leave for a wedding in Yola when he suddenly slumped and was pronounced dead on the spot.
His two wives and sons and daughters survived him.
A retired customs comptroller, Mr. Wakil was first elected to the Senate for the Bauchi South Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.
He joined the Nigerian Customs Service after graduating from Bayero University, Kano.
Tributes are already pouring in from some of his colleagues.
President Muhammadu Buhari described his death as “an incalculable loss to Nigeria’s democracy whose dedication to duty was remarkable and worthy of emulation.”
“He was a principled, focused and resourceful parliamentarian who identified with the ordinary people,” said former Senate President David Mark in a statement. “He fought for the welfare of citizens without compromise.”
“He practiced inclusive politics that provided the greatest benefit to the largest number of his constituents,” Mr. Mark added according to the statement signed by his media adviser, Paul Mumeh. “He always craved for fairness, justice and national unity. ”
The late Wakil, as the chairman of Senate Committee on Poverty Alleviation, sponsored several initiatives targeted at addressing acute poverty across the country.
He also worked closely with Borno senator, Ali Ndume, to pass a bill establishing the North East Development Commission.
Amongst those present at the mosque programme were Senate President Bukola Saraki, Dino Melaye, Godswill Akpabio and Rotimi Amaechi, the transport minister.