A member of the Edo State House of Assembly, Peter Aliu, has died after battling with an undisclosed illness.
Mr. Aliu, 61, who represented the Etsako East constituency in the state legislature, died on Monday at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital.
He was a member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and headed the Committee on Appropriation and Project Monitoring.
Commiserating with the widow of the lawmaker, Mary Aliu, the state governor, Adams Oshiomhole, said he (Aliu) was a man of character and principle.
He said he recalled that the position of the late lawmaker on state and national issues stood him out among his colleagues.
Mr. Oshiomhole noted that Mr. Aliu was always playing fatherly roles in the affairs of the House and that he would be remembered for adopting peaceful positions on issues.
The governor prayed that God should grant the late lawmaker eternal rest and protect the widow, their six children and other members of the family.
“Aliu was my brother. In moments of temptation, he showed courage and good character. When people plotted to betray us, he stood firm, remained on the side of fairness, justice and principle. When people brought money, he refused money in favour of principle,” he said.
“The last time I saw him and we had a conversation, he was more concerned about my political well-being rather than his own health.
“His colleagues and I called him our father because Aliu conducted himself as a father of everyone not because he was old but just a statement of his character, fatherly disposition and his commitment to
bring everybody together.”
Recounting further that the late lawmaker never raised his voice against any one when there was crisis in the House, Mr. Oshiomhole said why he heard about his illness, he was ready to do anything humanly possible, but “recognized that our will is one thing but God’s decision is final.”
He added, “When I look at the timing of everything, it is clear that this is how God wanted it. As a believer, I am not in a position to question God when he makes His decision.”
“Even as it is, I cannot dispute it, I cannot question the time because if I do, I will be committing a sin but I ask you to take heart as nothing I can say will mitigate your pain but God will mitigate those pains and provide for your children.”