President Muhammadu Buhari’s camp was thrown into shock on Wednesday as the senator representing Katsina North, Bukar Mustapha, died suddenly in Abuja.
Mustapha, who was of the All Progressives Congress, represented Buhari’s senatorial district and haiked from Daura.
The 65-year-old senator was survived by two wives and 12 children.
He was buried in Daura on Wednesday.
His death sent shock waves through the presidency as that was the second pro-Buhari senator to die in two weeks.
Senator Ali Wakil from Bauchi South had suddenly slumped and died on Abuja.
Mustapha, who was a 1978 Engineering graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, recently returned from a month’s medical vacation in the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Wednesday expressed deep sorrow over the death of the senator.
In a statement by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, Saraki described the death of Senator Bukar as one too many coming a few weeks after the Red Chamber lost Senator Ali Wakili.
“I am saddened to learn about the passing of another friend and colleague, Senator Mustapha Bukar. When I and some of my colleagues visited Senator Bukar in the hospital after Jummat prayers last Friday, we prayed with him and we were filled with hope that he would soon recuperate and resume his normal life and legislative activities.
“As a first-time lawmaker, Senator Bukar stood out for the quality of his contributions on the floor, his pragmatism and his work to strengthen the institution of the legislature. We shall sorely miss his vibrancy and progressive mindset.
“But now that he is no more, we cannot query Almighty Allah over the incident because He gives and takes as it pleases Him. The late Bukar was forthright and gentle in all his dealings.
“This is indeed another painful moment for the Senate, a sad moment for his immediate family, his constituents in Katsina North Senatorial District and the people and government of Katsina State.
“As we mourn his passing, my thoughts and prayers are with his family, President Muhammadu Buhari and the government and people of Katdina State. I pray that the Almighty Allah, in his infinite grace, grants the dear and departed Senator a place among the righteous ones in Aljannah firdaus,” Saraki stated.