Abdullahi grieves over Sen. Ibrahim’s demise

The Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Security, Sen. Dr. Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, CON, has expressed deep regret over the demise of a former Kwara South Senatorial District Senator, Dr. Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim, whose transition, following a brief illness, was announced in a family statement Wednesday.

In a condolence message to the Kwara state government, the people of Kwara South Senatorial District, and the Ojoku Community in Oyun local government area, Sen. Abdullahi said he was saddened by the news of the death of an illustrious son of Kwara and former colleague with whom he had a healthy and productive working relationship.

He recalled that he and the late Sen. Ibrahim were freshmen Senators in the eighth National Assembly from 2015 to 2019, during which period Sen. Rafiu served as chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Insurance, and Other Financial Institutions, and was a member of the Media and Public Affairs Committee under the chairmanship of Sen. Sabi Abdullahi.

The Minister of State described the late Sen. Rafiu as a friend, brother, confidant, and reliable sounding board with whom he shared common views on the welfare of citizens and progress of the nation. 

The deceased, he said, was an embodiment of passion, selflessness, and hard work. 

He noted that the late Sen. Rafiu was a truly distinguished gentleman whose persona radiated confidence and a ready willingness to co-operate in achieving the common good.

Sen. Abdullahi also recalled with fondness that the late Sen. Rafiu joined him in solidarity at the launch of a constituency project in his (Sabi’s) Niger North Senatorial District, and that the late Sen. Rafiu willingly stood in for the Senate President on the occasion, when the chairman of the National Assembly could not arrive early enough owing to weather constraints.

The Minister of State prayed Almighty Allah to forgive the shortcomings of the late Sen. Rafiu, and to grant his soul aljannah firdaus.