Caption: Hamma Misau caught sleeping during a session of the National Conference few days to his death
Chairman of National Conference, Justice Idris Kutigi, has expressed shock over the death of a confab delegate, Hamma Misau, a retired assistant inspector general, AIG, who died suddenly on Thursday.
Misau 67, was initially rushed to the Federal Civil Service Clinic after he took ill in his hotel room but was later referred to the National Hospital, Abuja, where he died.
The deceased had earlier, on Monday, collapsed at the conference venue where he was attended to by the medical team and allowed to go and rest.
In a statement issued by the assistant secretary of the conference, Akpandem James, on behalf of the chairman, Kutigi sympathised with the family of the late Misau and the entire nation.
He noted, however, that it was gratifying to note that Misau died in the service of his country and prayed for eternal rest for his soul.
Misau’s corpse has been taken from the hospital by the family to Bauchi and has been buried Friday morning in accordance with Islamic rites.
The statement further stressed that the death of Misau will not affect the resumption of the conference on Monday.
“No, his death will not affect the resumption of plenary on Monday, what I think the conference will do is to observe a minute silence in his honour. This will be done first thing on Monday before the commencement of the day business because he was one of us,” James said.
It would be recalled that the secretariat had, at the inaugural meeting on March 17, requested that the delegates submitted the contact details of their medical doctors to the secretariat.
James said the measure was to ensure prompt contact of the delegates’ doctors for their medical history in the event of any emergency during the conference.
He also said that the secretariat gave consideration of seating positions to some of the delegates who had health challenges as well as the aged and those living with disabilities.