“I thought Senator Ali Wakili will wake up but he did not,” Ndume said as he bursts into tears.
Wakili, was the senator representing Bauchi north senatorial district prior to his death on Saturday, March 17, 2018.
Senate leader, Ahmad Lawan in a motion described late Wakili as a grassroot politician who cared about the needs of not just his constituents but all he meets.
Former Senate leader, Ali Ndume who was all emotional during his speech said he had thought Wakili would wake up before he was buried.
“When we were praying, my thinking was that Ali Wakili will wake up,” Ndume said. I remember even at the graveyard, Senator Hope Uzodinma made a comment that ‘the Muslims are too much in a hurry to bury someone. This man just died in the morning and we are burying him now’. I thought maybe if we allowed him for some time, maybe something will happen. But it didn’t happen and it never will.
“One of the problems we have in the National Assembly is that is the lack of esprite-de-corps which exit in other professions. They always remember their colleagues not just the dead,” he added.
He urged his colleagues to go beyond paying tribute to the late lawmaker but also support the family members.
Senator Isah Misau said late Wakili was a cheerful giver who gave his last for his constituents.
“Ali Wakili is a person that whatever he gets, he will send it send everything home,” Misau said.
“I met him and told him that whatever he is doing, these people will forget it on the day of primary and general elections. I advised him to start saving something because if they don’t see you performing something, they will not vote for you. I never knew that Ali Wakili will not even see the primary election,” he added.
Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu said Wakili would be greatly missed for his contributions to the nation.
In his remarks, Senate President Bukola Saraki described late Wakili as a "good sterling example" of a representative of the people.
“Her was a man that came as a first timer but won the respect of us all because he was calm, truthful and made friends as much as possible. Wakili had integrity and cared for his people,” Saraki began.
“As we forge ahead, we must learn from this. We must understand that we have a role to play and we must give our best because death will definitely come. Ali Wakili was a good sterling example of you should be when you’re serving your people,” he added.
At the end, lawmakers agreed to naming hearing and committee rooms after senators.
Also, they agreed to consider an appropriate scheme to support families of senators who die in active service
The Senate would also liaise with the House of Representatives to expedite action on the establishment of the National Assembly museum and archives to immortalize members properly.
A minute silence was observed in Wakili’s honour.
Wakili left behind two wives and ten children.
Wakili’s death brings to two the number of Senators that have passed on in the 8th Senate.