Sanni Onogu, Abuja
SENATORS on Wednesday paid glowing tributes to one of their own, the erstwhile Lagos East Senator Adebayo Sikiru Osinowo, who died on June 15, 2020.
The Lagos senator, who was popularly called Pepperito, passed away shortly after the Ninth National Assembly celebrated its first legislative year.
The senators took turns to pay tributes to their late colleague at the pensive ceremony.
Senate President Ahmad Lawan described Osinowo as a selfless personality and an asset to the Ninth Senate.
Other senators who remembered Osinowo with fondness included Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege, Senate Leader Yahaya Abdullahi, Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe, Deputy Senate Leader Ajayi Borofice, Chief Whip Orji Uzor Kalu, Deputy Chief Whip Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, Minority Whip Philip Tenimu Aduda, Solomon Adeola (Lagos West), Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun Central), Tolu Odebiyi (Ogun West), Teslim Folarin (Oyo Central) and Mohammed Danjuma Goje (Gombe Central).
Others are: Sam Egwu, Biodun Olujimi, Saidu Alkali, Godiya Akwashiki, Francis Fadahunsi, Rochas Okorocha, Chukwuka Utazi, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, Ibrahim Gobir, Degi-Biobarukuma Eremiayo, Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed, Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru, Ibrahim Yahaya Oloriegbe, Isah Jibrin, Lekan Mustapha, Nicholas Tofowomo and Aderenle Oriolowo.
Guests at the session included the wife of the deceased, his children and some members of the House of Representatives from Lagos State.
Lawan said the late Osinowo left a deep impression that he was a friendly, jovial, cheerful and unassuming person, even though he had accomplished so much.
The Senate President described the deceased as a very religious person whose experience as a legislator made him a valuable asset to the Ninth Senate.
“I would later come to know how influential and deep-rooted he was in Lagos politics, particularly.
“When we were to appoint the leadership of Committees, because of what I came to know about his background, I thought he was going to be an asset to the Senate Committee on Marine Transport.
“For proper and effective oversight, someone with his background will definitely bring value to the activities of the committee.
“So, in addition to being the Chairman of the Committee on Industries, he was also Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Marine Transport,” he said.
Lawan urged all to emulate the late senator, whom he said served Nigeria till his last breath.
“We must continue to remember that people at home expect us to put in our best as their representatives. He was not limited to working for his Lagos East Senatorial District alone, but, like our brother Senator Lekan Mustapha said, he was still getting back to his roots and supporting his people. That is something for us to also learn from him,” he added.