A member of the House of Representatives, representing the Ifako-Ijaye federal constituency in Lagos state, Mr. Adewale Oluwatayo, has died in Abuja.
Positions he held before being elected to the House of Representative include, Chairman, Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government between 2004 and 2007 and Special Adviser on Education to the Lagos State Government from 2009 to 2011.
Although the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, was briefed on the incident, he did not announce it on the floor to members because the family of the late lawmaker had not been informed.
In a condolence message sent to the family, Dogara expressed shock over the death of the lawmaker.
According to the message, which was signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, the speaker said:
“The late Hon. Elijah died when his services to the nation were most needed.
“We mourn our fallen colleague as one who gave his best in service to God and humanity.
“He was a committed and hardworking member, who championed the cause of his people.
“Our hearts go out to his immediate family, the people of Ifako/Ijaiye Federal Constituency and Lagos state over this great loss.
“I pray God Almighty to give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. We will surely miss him in the Green Chamber”.