*Condoles Senate, Delta over his death
*Senate suspends plenary, opens condolence register
*Mark, Uduaghan, others visit Senator’s family
*National Assembly’ll miss him—Tambuwal…
ABUJA— THE Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, has described the death of Senator Pius Ewherido, Delta Central as a monumental loss to our country, Nigeria.
NGF chairman and Governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, said in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, yesterday, that the demise of Ewherido was both painful and shocking.
Amaechi said: “We hereby condole with the Nigerian Senate, the government and people of Delta State and the entire Ewherido family over the sudden death of Senator Pius Ewherido, who, until his death, represented Delta Central Senatorial District on the platform of the Democratic People’s Party (DPP). It is unfortunate that the hardworking, independent-minded senator, a political icon, and one of the most accomplished politicians in our country passed on at a time our country needed his invaluable service most. His loss is no doubt a monumental loss to our nation.
“Senator Ewherido’s departure is both painful and shocking. But we take solace in the fact that he lived and died well. He dedicated his life to serving his people and country. He mixed freely with the underprivileged and lived substantially organizing and fighting for the upliftment of his people while making important contributions to the development of his state and country. Although, we cannot but grief over the death of this public spirited man, we are sure that Senator Ewherido will long be remembered as a community leader, an effective and consummate political figure, a national icon and grassroots mobiliser.”
Senate suspends plenary
Pained by the shocking death of Senator Pius Ewherido, Delta Central, the Senate will, today, not hold plenary as mark of honour for a colleague. Senate President David Mark who disclosed this, yesterday, said this will be one of the ways to show respect for the late Senator Pius Akpo Ewherido who died at the weekend.
Senator Mark said this when he led the Delta State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan and a host of senators to the residence of the late Ewherido’s residence in Asokoro, Abuja, on a condolence visit.
Meanwhile, the Senate has opened a condolence register for him at the lobby where lawmakers are expected to express themselves
Mark said: “In line with our tradition and as a mark of respect for our departed colleague, the Senate will suspend plenary tomorrow (today). We share in your bereavement, pains and sorrows at this moment of grief,” Senator Mark told Ewherido’s wife, Doye.” He urged the members of the Ewherido’s family to continue to have faith in God noting that death always subject our faith in God to test.
“As Catholics, it is easy to say the creed that I believe in God, the Maker of Heaven and Earth. But when death comes, we question God. This is the time to increase our faith in God. If there was anything we could have done to save the life of our distinguished colleague, we would have done it but the Lord owns his life,” he counseled.
Also extolling the virtues of the late Ewherido, Delta State governor, Uduaghan described the late Senator as “a strong voice from Delta.” He said: “He was an experienced lawmaker having been a deputy speaker and later an acting speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly. In the last two years, he has brought this experience to bear on the floor of the Senate, we have lost a strong voice in Delta.”
Receiving the delegation, the elder brother of the late senator, Rev. Fr. Anthony Ewherido, expressed the family’s gratitude to the President of the Senate, Governor Uduaghan and senators across party lines “for standing by us as this means so much to us.”
Other senators who joined Senator Mark and Governor Uduaghan on the condolence visit were Senator James Manager; Senator Ifeanyi Okowa; Senator Ahmed Lawan; Senator Suleiman Adokwe; Senator Emmanuel Paulker; and Senator Mohammed Magoro.
NASS’ll miss him—Tambuwal
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, described the death of Senator Pius Ewherido as a huge loss, saying the National Assembly will miss his honest and thoughtful contributions on critical national issues.
In a statement issued in Abuja Monday by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Malam Imam Imam, Tambuwal said he was saddened by the senator’s sudden death especially because the deceased has been known to be a hardworking and committed lawmaker whose views on key national issues were respected by his colleagues in the Senate.
Tambuwal said: “Late Distinguished Senator Ewherido worked very hard in the time he represented Delta Central Senatorial District in the Senate and was meticulous. We mourn him because he was a good man. But we are consoled by the undisputed fact that he left his giant footprints in the sands of time which should be emulated.”
A huge loss to Nigeria— Ngige
Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Senator Chris Ngige, ACN, Anambra Central, described the death of Senator Pius Ewherido, Delta Central as a huge loss not only to the people of Delta State and the Senate, but also to the entire country, just as he said that he was still at the moment devastated.
Senator Chris Ngige who spoke throuth his Chief of Staff, Mr. Chibuzo Obiakor, said: “I am particularly in shock; utterly devastated by the sad news of the passing away of Senator Ewherido, an unmistakable voice in patriotism, a brilliant representative and a principled crusader for the good of the nation.
“I had a close working relationship with late Senator Ewherido as I do with many of my colleagues at the Senate of the Federal Republic. He inspired me with his thorough- going disposition to issues and charmed with his in-depth and cognate legislative experience as the former Deputy Speaker of the Delta State House of Assembly for eight years . “He overly warmed his way with his cosmopolitan trajectory on debates on the floor of the Senate . He left no one in doubt that he represented his people. He represented Nigeria! His death is such a huge loss!”
The former Anambra State governor also regretted the demise of Senator Ewherido at what he called “ a critical stage on the march to nationhood when the patriotism, brilliance and steadfastness of Nigerians of his hue are most needed to beat down cascading national challenges. His contributions will surely be missed .