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Mark, Senators Mourn Fifth Death In 7th Senate

Posted: May 17, 2015 at 1:17 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

•As Zannah, Re-elected APC Senator, Dies At 60

By Valentine Amanze (Lagos) and  Ignatius Okorocha(Abuja)


Senator Ahmed Zannah, who was re-elected in the April, 2015 election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to represent Borno Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly is dead.

He died, Saturday, May 16, 2015 at the age of  60 after a brief illness.

Though no official statement came from the family, Zannah, who was quoted to have said he knew where the abducted Chibok girls were being kept by their abductors, is the fifth senator to die in the seventh Senate.

Senator Ahmed Zannah

Senator Ahmed Zannah

Others who have died include Gyang Datung, who represented Plateau North; Pius Ewherido, who represented Delta Central; Awaisu Kuta, who represented Niger East; and Uche Chukwumerije, who represented Abia North.

President of the Senate Senator David Mark expressed grief over the death of the Senator. Reacting to the demise of Zanna in Abuja on Saturday, Mark said his death is one too many.

According to Him,”Senator Zanna’s death coming a few days after the demise of Senator Uche Chukwumerije is a big blow to the Senate and the nation. This is certainly not the best of times for us. These deaths in quick succession are heart breaking.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Paul Mumeh, the President of the Senate noted that Zanna was a gentleman who was very mindful of his legislative assignments and the welfare of his constituents and the nation at large.

He described late Zanna as a fine parliamentarian who contributed his quota to the success of the 7th Senate.

Mark lamented that Senator Zanna would have waited till the end of the 7th Assembly in a few days time but God knows the best time for a man to be born and when a man should die.

“We cannot question the will of the Almighty . We can only ask that our Creator give us the fortitude to bear this sad loss and grant the deceased eternal rest”.

Meanwhile the Senate has expressed shock over the sudden death of Senator Ahmed Zanna. In a statement announcing his death, Senate spokesman, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe said Senator Zanna died in Abuja in the early hours of Saturday.

Senate according to Abaribe was shocked over the death of Senator Zanna this time when the Senate is about rounding off the 7th session.

Late senator Zanna, he said, would be remembered for his love for his state, particularly the people of his Senator district.

“The Senate will surely miss his painstaking approach to committee work and care for legislative details with regards to bills and motions. Senate consoles the family, Borno Central district and the government and people of Borno State.”

Zannah was a successful businessman, and a member of the board of many federal establishments.

In 2000, he was in the Board of the National Electrical Power Authority (NEPA). In 2007, Zannah was one of the organisers of the Democratic Women Forum, an organisation that supported the political aspirations of former military ruler, General Ibrahim Babangida.

He was also a member of the Power Sector Reform Committee. He was described as an elder with a good track record in public service.