Within a short period of two weeks, death has come calling, unannounced, and snatched away three distinguished law makers from the National Assembly – two from the upper legislative chamber, and one from the lower chamber. This is a big tragedy.

First, it was Senator Ali Wakili from Bauchi State. The man simply slumped, and before he could receive any medical attention, he transited to the world beyond. That was on March 17, 2018.

Next was the Deputy Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Umar Buba Jibril from Kogi State. He also passed on without notice, on Friday, March 30, 2018.

Representative Umar Jibril had hardly been buried when on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Senator Mustapha Bukar from Katsina State equally bade well to this sinful world. 

We sincerely sympathise with the families of these law makers as well as with members of the National Assembly, and pray that God in His infinite mercy will receive the souls of these departed legislators in Paradise.

Death is an unwelcome guest. It knows no boundary between the President and his peoples, between the legislator and the ordinary worker, between the rich and the poor, between the young and the old, between man and woman, etc. 

It goes where it wills and takes away who it wishes. Death has visited the National Assembly, not because the people there are worse than any of us, or that they had committed more crimes than majority of us. 

Death is a leveller. It makes us to realise about the worthlessness of this world, or about the nothingness of life. “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity and vexation of spirit”, says the Scripture. 

What is the meaning and essence of our rabid or unconscionable struggle for power, as well as for our primitive acquisition of wealth? You fight and kill your neighbour to get all these, in the end, none of them enters into the grave with you, or even if people were to put some of them into your grave, they are only meant for ants that would eventually feed upon and consume them.

Death should be a big lesson to everyone of us. It should make us to realise that whatever we claim or thought ourselves to be, our so-called “bigmanism”, our powerfulness and authority, our being multi millionaire or even billionaire, etc., are nothing but ordinary ashes. 

Death should discipline us. It should make us to live a life of decency, a life of love for one another. It should make us to be sober and friendly to each other. If every Nigerian should realize these and live by the tenets, then the country would be the best for everyone of us.

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