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Jonathan, Mark Mourn Late Senator Kuta


BEVERLY HILLS, CA, June 12, (THEWILL) - President Goodluck Jonathan and Senate President David Mark have both extended condolences to the family of Late Senator Dahiru Awaisu Kuta, as well as the people of Niger State and its Governor following the death of the senator in a Lagos hospital on Thursday morning.

Until his demise, Senator Kuta was Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character and represented Niger East Senatorial district under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

'On behalf of himself, his family, the Federal Government and the people of Nigeria, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan extends sincere condolences to Governor Babangida Aliyu and the people of Niger State on the death earlier today of Senator Dahiru Awaisu Kuta.

'President Jonathan similarly commiserates with the Senate President, Senator David Mark, Senator Kuta's other distinguished colleagues in the upper legislative chamber, his family and members of the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) over the sudden and unexpected death of the eminent Senator who represented the PDP and the Niger East Senatorial District in the National Assembly.

'The President joins them in mourning Senator Kuta whose notable contributions to the legislative work of the

Senate will be greatly missed.
'President Jonathan also believes that Senator Kuta's significant contributions to the development of party politics and democratic institutions of governance in his home state and country will stand to his eternal credit and that he will be always remembered as a very committed and forthright lawmaker who did his best in the service of his community fatherland.

'He prays that Almighty Allah will receive the late Senator's soul and grant him peaceful repose in Paradise,' the President said in a statement by Reuben Abati, his spokesman.

In the same vein, Senate President Mark on Thursday wept over the death of Senator Kuta .

“Senator Kuta was a fore front parliamentarian. His views and positions unarguably represented those of the ordinary Nigerian. Indeed he stood for the masses. That was why he enjoyed the sobriquet of 'comrade Senator' on the floor of the Red chamber.

“His death has no doubt created a vacuum. We shall miss his humour. We shall miss his frank, honest and patriotism. He was a rare gem.

“Senator Kuta's easy and calm disposition endears him to all. He was a good mixer and everybody saw in him a true friend. He was just a pleasant fellow.

“My heart goes to his immediate family, the government and people of Niger State as well as the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria over this painful loss,” Mark said in a statement.

Senator Mark added that he was consoled that late Senator Kuta left a positive, indelible mark on the sand of time. He prayed that the Almighty God grant his soul eternal rest just as he prayed that God give the government and people of Niger State especially the bereaved the fortitude to bear his painful loss.