The Nigerian Senate suspended legislative activities today the 8th of July to hold a valedictory session in honour of the 64 year old Senator Bayo Osinowo who passed on 15th of June, 2020.
Senate Leader suspended Order 17 to allow family members, close friends of Late Senator Bayo Osinowo into the Chamber.Minority Leader seconded the Order cited by Senate Leader.
The valedictory session which was held during Wednesday’s plenary with Senator Bayo Osinowo’s family and delegation of Lagos State Government in attendance was sequel to a motion sponsored by the Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi.
In a session presided over by President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, lawmakers took turns to pay tribute to Senator Osinowo, who until his death represented Lagos East Senatorial District.
All decked in white or Black apparels in honour of Osinow. The late Lawmaker’s Colleagues took turns to extol his exemplary life and his leadership qualities.
They described the late Lawmaker as a Doyen in the Political Sphere, who left unforgettable prints on the sands of time.
Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege
“I rise to align myself with all sentiments about our colleague, Mr Bayo Osinowo. Senator Bayo Osinowo left his mark on the sands of time. Here was a man who indeed was a major pillar in the politics of Lagos State. My prayer is that the Almighty God should grant the family the fortitude to deal with this loss. May his soul rest in perfect peace.”
Senator Solomon Adeola (Lagos)
“All that is said about my dear brother and egbon is the true position of things. Mr. President, my big brother, my friend Senator Bayo Osinowo is no more. Putting together the last 17 years of his life as a Parliamentarian has been very eventful. Today, we all celebrate Democracy Day but one of those that paid the price of this democracy we celebrate is Senator Bayo Osinowo. Seven years of his life was spent in incarceration. This is one man that doesn’t desert people.”
Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti)
“I join my colleagues in paying tribute to a Distinguished gentleman, a statesman by all standards, Late Senator Sikiru Osinowo. To me it was a privileged to have met him and it dawned on me when he was gone. I can attest to the fact that he was extremely loyal to democracy, loyal to Late MKO Abiola and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Late Osinowo lived a life that was worthy of emulation. He was extremely rich not because as a politician but as a successful businessman. This tribute is mainly to honour his family, his associate but more to remind ourselves that someday, everyone owes this death but how would you want to remembered? Finally, I join the rest of us in bidding Senator Osinowo a farewell.” the Lawmaker said
Senator Rochas Okorocha (Imo)
“For every journey that has a beginning must have an end and for every sunrise there must be a sunset. Senator Bayo was a benefactor to thousands of poor people who today would be asking ‘Where would our next meal come from?’ He was a great politician, his death came to us here as a rude shock and it is one death too many in this chamber. One thing I rise to celebrate here is the generosity of his spirit that considered the poor in the society. Today we can proudly celebrate this spirit to support any good cause. The question for everyone of us today is what shall we be remembered for? I will like to commiserate with the family. The best we can do for you is to be with you at this moment of grief.” –
Senator Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun)
“Senator Bayo Osinowo played all his politics in Lagos but was a proud son of Ogun State. One thing that he has demonstrated very philosophical is somebody that knows the ephemeral nature of this life. He wasn’t afraid of death. All we can do is to take lesson from his life that we should strive everyday to do more good than bad. To take everyday as Grace from Almighty God that as we are seated here, tomorrow anything can happen. I pray the Almighty Allah will grant him Aljannah firdaus and be with his family and his extended family. Good bye our brother, good bye our friend.”
Other Senators who paid tributes to the Late Lawmaker are;
Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe
Senator Adelere Oriolowo
Senator Lekan Mustapha
Senator Orji Uzor Kalu
Senator Biodun Olujimi
Senator Kola Balogun
Senator Sabi Abdullahi
Senator Philip Aduda
Senator Tolu Odebiyi
Senator Danjuma Goje
Senator Sam Egwu
Senator Francis Fadahunsi
Senator Degi Eremienyo Wangagra
Senator Aishatu Ahmed
Senator Sirajudeen Ajibola
Senator Ibrahim Oloriegbe
Senator Isah Jibrin
Also Contributing, Ahmad Lawan Osinowo left a mark and very deep impression adding that he was friendly, jovial, cheerful and assuming even though he accomplished so much.
Senate President Dr. Ahmad Lawan
“Thank you all Distinguished colleagues for your various contributions on the tributes for our late colleague, Senator Bayo Osinowo. Let me on behalf of the Senate welcome his widow, the children of our departed colleague, his relation and friends. Let me also welcome our colleagues from the House of Representatives who are here to join in this session.
Many of our colleagues who spoke cited Biblical and Quranic verses especially to the inevitability of death. We all know we will go but what we should pray for is we do more good deeds than the bad ones.
That guarantees a better life. A day like this is characterized by our loss, we also thank the Almighty God for his Blessings and then we learn lessons. We are mourning our late colleague, Senator Bayo Osinowo today. We all had our different interactions with him. Most of us might have met him in this ninth Senate. I also met him in this ninth senate when we were campaigning for the Senate Presidency. He left a mark and a very deep impression that he was a very friendly, jovial, cheerful and assuming even though he accomplished so much.
I would later come to know how influential and deep rooted he was in Lagos politics. Because of what I came to know about his background, I thought he was going to be an asset to the Committee on Marine Transport because of his background. Like all my colleagues, we got on extremely well. In fact, I invited him to join me for the 2019 Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Whenever we go to Mecca to pray and do some religious activities, we would appoint a spot to gather at a certain time. He would always be the last personto arrive. So we queried him.
But he would said, ‘S.P, why hurry? We are here to pray to God, so why hurry?’ He was a very deeply religious person and he had religious knowledge and we could see how his knowledge of religion shaped his life. This life is transient, no matter what, we all have to go one by one.
So we have a lesson to learn from his life that each and everyone who had interaction with him would bear testimony that he was a very generous man. We have that to learn. As we represent people here, we must continue to remember that the people at home expect us to put in our best as their representatives. We should continue to pray for our brother, our colleague. For our colleagues from Lagos, this is a rare grief.
It is a divine responsibility we all have to pay. We pray the Almighty God will bless his soul and Aljannah Firdaus be his final reward. May God Almighty protect his family and may our final days be the best days of our life.”
The Senate however resolved to Offer prayers for the repose of the soul of the late distinguished Senator Adebayo Osinowo while Observe a minute silence in his honour;Send condolence message to the family, government and people of Lagos State.
Until his death, Late Osinowo was Chairman House Committee on Commerce, Industrial and Investment in the Senate.
Meanwhile,the Senate Delegation to Lagos State, led by Senate Majority Leader, Senator Abdullahi Yahaya had on Friday, 3rd July paid a Condolence to the family of Sen. Sikiru Adebayo Osinowo in his Lagos Residence.
Plenary was adjourned till Tuesday, 14th July, 2020.