The Bauchi State government has declared a three-day mourning over the the death of Senator Ali Wakili who until his death on Saturday represented Bauchi South Senatorial District at the Senate.
In a message signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Strategy, Ali Mohammed, the government stated that it “received with deep shock the sudden death of Senator Ali Wakili this morning.”
The statement read, “His passage is a great loss not only to his constituents but the entire nation. His vibrant contributions on the floor of the Senate chamber would be greatly missed. Such interventions have contributed to shaping national discourse.
“The Executive Governor of Bauchi state has, therefore, declared three days of mourning during which time flags will fly at half mast.
“He has also suspended all state duties in Abuja and is returning home to mourn after witnessing funeral prayers in the nation’s capital.
“The Governor has similarly directed the reduction, by two hours, of the closing time of workers in the state during the three days of mourning.
“The Governor takes solace in the Quranic injunction that every soul shall taste death and therefore, prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed legislator. He also prayed to ALMIGHTY ALLAH to grant the immediate family the fortitude to bear the loss,”
In the same vein, the Bauchi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress expressed deep shock over the sudden death of Senator Wakili.
State Secretary of the party, Buhari Disina said, “The news is actually a schooling one as you journalists would say a breaking news. Is a very serious issue to us in the state and the community he represents. We lost a big figure that we cannot event explained or express our feelings in words.
“The late Senator Ali Wakili can best be described by his works to the people of his constituency, Bauchi South and every Nigerian and individual that came across him.
“Ali Wakili was somebody who was good to all his people and the party in his community. He was as good as anything that you can think of as good.”