Eminent Nigerians yesterday mourned Sokoto State governor’s spokesperson, Mallam Imam Imam, and the Oyo State House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon. Michael Adeyemo.
Imam died on Friday morning at Nizamiye Hospital Abuja after a brief illness.
He was buried at Apo Cemetery after funeral prayers at An Noor Mosque, Wuse 2, Abuja in line with Islamic rites.
Some of those who attended the funeral prayer include Senate President Bukola Saraki; his boss Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal; APC national vice chairman, North West, Inuwa Abdulkadir; businessman Dahiru Mangal; director general of National Information Technology Development Agency, Ali Pantami, and Senator Kabiru Gaya.
Others include former EFCC chairman, Malam Nuhu Ribadu and former minister, Aliyu Hong.
In a press release signed by his media assistant, Mr Paul Mumeh in Abuja yesterday, Senator Mark lamented the death of Imam and described him as a vibrant journalist, public affairs administrator and a promising leader in Nigeria.
Former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives and chairman, governing board of Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission, NIPC, Hon Babangida Nguroje, described the late Mallam Imam Imam as a quintessential journalist and image maker who distinguished himself to the delight of many throughout his career.
Hon Nguroje, in a message, also condoled with the government and people of Sokoto State, the Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, the deceased’s home state of Taraba and his immediate family over this monumental loss.
Meanwhile, tragedy also struck yesterday morning in Oyo State as the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt Honourable (Barrister) Michael Adeyemo slumped and died.
Hon. Adeyemo ( Ibarapa East State Constituency) , who was on his second term, died at Jericho Hospital, Ibadan. He was 47 years old.
Circumstances surrounding his death are yet to be ascertained but reports said he died in Jericho General Hospital where he had been rushed to after slumping on Thursday night. He reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest.
Adeyemo, a lawyer, was elected on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to represent Ibarapa East in the state legislature in 2011.
Before his election, he was an associate at the law chambers of Olijinmi & Akeredolu & Co. Chambers in Ibadan.
The All Progressives Congress in Oyo State has described his as a calamity that befell not only the people of the state but Nigerians and humanity as a whole.
The state government has declared three days of mourning from Monday, April 30 – Wednesday, May 2. The state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, who also directed that flags be flown at half-mast during the period.
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