The member, representing Lokoja/Kogi Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Umar Baba Jibril, is dead.
Aged 58 years, Jibril, a three time member of the House, died in the early hours of Frida in Abuja, one of his political associates, Amuda Dan Sulaiman confirmed.
He was the Deputy Majority Leader of the House.
A statement by the Kogi State government said Governor Yahaya Bello expressed “deep shock” over the demise of one of the state’s most astute politician and a member of the House of Representatives.
The Governor described the late Jibril as a man who “lived in the hearts of his people”, saying the vacuum he left in the state and the All Progressives Congress will be difficult to fill.
Bello said: “The late former Kogi State House of Assembly Speaker and a Principal Officer of the House of Representatives was a man of the people. His life is a book for anyone aspiring for greatness to read. The late Buba identified with his people and lived a life of serving the poor in his constituency.
“A successful politician, the late Rt Hon. Buba Jibril was a lesson in positivism; a man who chose to take his destiny in his hand on several occasions.
“He will be remembered for his astuteness and purposeful leadership as well as his philanthropic life and service to humanity. New generation of Kogites and Nigerians at large will have a lot to learn from the life of the great patriot.”
Bello has assured the people of Lokoja that the “departed hero and indomitable grassroots commander” will be immortalized to “keep the memories of his great contributions to the development of Kogi State and Nigeria as a whole”.