Confusion In NASS As House Of Reps Clerk Slumps And Dies


Mohammed Shuaibu, a clerk in the House of Representatives committee on agricultural production and services, has died at the National Assembly, (NASS) complex, Abuja.

The 55-year-old died within the NASS premises on Monday, after complaining of not feeling well. Shaibu was said to have just returned from Zaria, Kaduna state, where his family is based.

He reportedly slumped on a staircase at the New Wing of the House around 12 noon and was rushed to the National Assembly clinic, where he was certified dead.

Shaibu passed on while efforts were being made to take him to the clinic within the assembly. His remains have been taken to Zaria for burial according to Islamic rites.

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The late clerk was an indigene of Zaria in Kaduna State. He was deployed to the committee about a year ago from the committee on IDPs, refugees and Northeast initiatives.

According to reports, Shuaibu came in early yesterday ahead of the meeting of the Committee on which he served. The meeting was however said to have been postponed following his death. Chairman of the committee, Hon Mohammed Tahir Monguno, confirmed the development.

This is the third death that the house will record within one month. On February 15, Bello Sani, a lawmaker representing Mashi/Dutsi federal constituency of Katsina state, died after a brief illness.

Two weeks after his death, Benjamin Idoko, a police sergeant, who was an outrider in the convoy of Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house, died in a road crash.

Speaker at NASS

Meanwhile, on the same Monday, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, confirmed the receipt of President Muhammadu Buhari’s letter, informing the National Assembly of his resumption to duty.

President Buhari had formally transmitted a letter to NASS, informing them that he has officially resumed his duties as President.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Turaki Adamu Hassan, Dogara admitted receiving the letter from the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters, House of Reps, Hon. Suleiman Abdurhaman Kawu Sumaila.

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According to reports, the Speaker was quoted as saying he will read the letter to his colleagues during plenary on Tuesday since the communication was meant for them. He said:

“Tomorrow (Tuesday) I will read this to my colleagues on the floor of the House and thereafter make comments from there.

“However, permit me to thank you for working hard to ensure that there is a harmonious working relationship between the Executive and the National Assembly.

“In your own case I can say it was an appointment that we can truly say amounted to putting a round peg in a round hole or a square peg in a square hole.

“So no wonder we have seen to some extent some form of understanding between the National Assembly and the presidency.

“We promise that we will cooperate more than we fight like I said before; we will always fight and that has been the practice in all climes and ours cannot be an exception but we will cooperate more in the interest of our people rather than fight.”