Rep. Raheem Olawuyi, on Tuesday described the sudden death of Ahmed Rufai, a member of the Kwara State House of Assembly as a shock and unfortunate.
Olawuyi made the assertion in a statement by his Constituency office in Omu-Aran, signed by his Senior Legislative Aide, Abdulganiyu Abdulsalam.
The deceased who died in the early hours of Tuesday after a brief illness, was representing Pategi Constituency in Kwara State House of Assembly.
He was aged 40 years.
Olawuyi described the deceased as a humble, industrious and gentle personality, saying that he would be greatly missed by friends, family, colleagues and people of his constituency.
The lawmaker condoled Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq; Speaker of the Kwara Assembly, Salihu Danladi; the state APC Chairman, Bashir Bolarinwa; and the entire members of state Assembly over the unfortunate incident.
He prayed to God to forgive his shortcomings and grant his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Similarly, Oba Abdulraheem Adeoti, the Olomu of Omu-Aran, condoled with the people of Pategi, especially the Emir of Pategi, Alhaji Umar Bologi, over the death of the lawmaker.
Adeoti in his condolence message, described the sudden death of Rufai as a shock and devastating.
The monarch also extended his condolence to the state governor, the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari and the entire members of the state Assembly.
He prayed for God’s forgiveness and eternal rest for the deceased.
NAN reports that the Speaker of the state Assembly, had on Tuesday announced the death of the member in a statement signed by his Media Assistant, Mr Ibrahim Sherrif.
According to the statement, the Janaza (burial) of the deceased would come up at his country home in Pategi later today.
The statement reads: “It is with heavy heart and total submission to the will of Almighty Allah that we announce the death of our colleague, Hon. Ahmed Saidu Rufai representing Patigi Constituency.
“This is an unexpected situation that caught us in a rude shock but unfortunately, the Almighty deprived us of the power to reverse such sad occurrence.
“As we struggle to live with this tragic development and the vacuum that comes with it, we pray that Allah in His infinite mercy forgive his shortcomings.
“Give his family, the 9th Assembly, Patigi Emirate, friends and associates and Kwara State at large, the fortitude to bear this great loss.’’