Some Nigerian political leaders have mourned the untimely demise of Senator Bayo Osinowo.
The 64-year-old Osinowo who represented Lagos East senatorial district between 2019 and 2020 died Monday in Lagos from COVID-19.
So far, the 9th Nigerian Senate has lost Ignatius Datong, a representative of Plateau Southern senatorial district, Benjamin Uwajumogu who represented Imo North senatorial district, and Rose Okoh represented Cross River North.
From the mourning house, President Muhammadu Buhari has offered his deepest condolences to the family of Osinowo,
Buhari noted that the late Senator worked diligently to advance his administration’s objective of building a better and prosperous Nigeria.
The President said that the Senator’s devotion to national development as well as insightful contributions at the floor of the Senate would be fondly remembered and missed.
Buhari prayed God Almighty to grant the family of Osinowo, friends and well-wishers the fortitude to bear the loss.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan said he was shocked by the death of the lawmaker. Lawan, in a condolence message, said: “Osinowo’s untimely departure will be felt by his distinguished colleagues and the National Assembly in general.”
“I received with shock and sadness, the news of the death of the Senator who represented Lagos East Senatorial Zone, Senator Adebayo Osinowo. Osinowo served his country creditably as a Distinguished Senator at the Ninth Senate. He was the Chairman of the Committee on industries,” he stated.
From the National Leader of All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu noted “deeply hurt me and Lagosians.”
In a statement, the former governor said: “His death hurt all who know him. Bayo was more than an excellent politician. As great a politician he was, Bayo was an even better person.
“He was a man of a kind heart and ready smile. His loyalty and enthusiasm were legendary, just as his generosity. “People loved him. So many tears have been shed. However, we must summon the strength to carry on as he would want us to do.”
The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said “Though his tenure in the Senate was brief, our great party appreciates the loyalty of Senator Osinowo to the cause of the APC-led government.
“We join other Nigerians, the entire National Assembly, the good people of Lagos East in particular and Lagos State in general to mourn the passage of a democrat, who contributed immensely to the development of Lagos State as a lawmaker in the House of Assembly and Nigeria as a Senator.