The Nigerian Senate has resolved to postpone the start of plenary sessions to Wednesday, April 14, 2021. This is coming on the heels of the death of two members of the National Assembly.
Senate President, Ahmed Lawan The resolution was reached following a motion by the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, and seconded by the Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe.
Abdullahi while buttressing his motion said:
This Distinguished chamber and, to our Distinguished colleagues, the passing of two members of the National Assembly by 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 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.
He also appealed that in line with the tradition of the National Assembly, all discussions and all scheduled debates at the red chambers be moved to tomorrow, April 13, and also for the house to observe a minute silence in honour of the two deceased members of the National Assembly.
According to him:
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.
The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who put both motions into a voice vote, got a consensus agreement by the house to postpone plenary sessions till the next day.
Lawan described the death of the members as “another sad development in the National Assembly”.
The red chamber, thereafter, held a minute silence in honour of the deceased lawmakers before adjourning plenary till Wednesday, April 14, 2021.