By Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, CFR.
Nigeria has lost a rare gem, a leader like no other.
With a heavy heart but total submission to the will of God, I pay this tribute to an icon, an advocate of transparency, champion of social justice and rule of law who laid a solid foundation for the independence of the legislature in the Fourth Republic, Rt. Hon. Ghali Umar Na’abba, CFR.
Rt. Hon. Na’abba was a principled man, a patriot and leader par excellence. The 4th Assembly, under his able leadership, served as a bulwark for the advancement and defence of freedom, liberty, and strict adherence to democratic tenets.
He was a repository of knowledge who was always willing to share from his fountain of wisdom whenever the legislature ran into murky waters and needed clarity to proceed.
His death is a personal loss to me as he was a big brother and mentor who was always there to offer his wise counsel to me whenever the need arose.
I commiserate with his immediate family, the government/people of Kano State, and Nigerians.
May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, CFR, Former Speaker, Federal House of Representatives.