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Reps Mourn Diya, Set Up Delegation To Visit Family

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The House of Representatives, on Tuesday, honoured the former Chief of General Staff, Oladipo Diya, and set up a delegation from the chamber to pay a condolence visit to his family.

Diya, who served under the de-facto Head of State, General Sani Abacha, between 1994 and 1997, died on Sunday.

The delegation has the Deputy Majority Leader, Peter Akpatason, as the leader.

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It also has Chairman of the House Committee on Defence, Babajimi Benson; Emeka Chinedu, Sergius Ogun, Abdullahi Ali, Maki Yalleman and Tijjani Zakariya as members.

The House observed a minute silence in honour of Diya, following the unanimous adoption of a motion moved by the lawmaker representing Ijebu Ode/Odogbolu/Ijebu North-East Federal Constituency in Ogun State, Kolapo Osunsanya.

Moving the motion, Osunsanya partly said, “We lost another gallant soldier and elder statesman from my federal constituency, the late General Oladipo Diya.

“General Diya was a military general and a lawyer, born on 3rd April, 1944, in Ogun State. The General was a seasoned administrator and patriotic officer and nationalist and elder statesman who served this nation selflessly and diligently. He was part of the gallant soldiers who fought during the Nigerian civil war.

“He played a significant and stabilising role during the most turbulent period in our nation’s history in the aftermath of June 12, 1993 (presidential election). He will be remembered for his patriotism and service to the nation. His demise is a great loss to the family, Ogun and the entire nation.”

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Granting the prayers of the motion, the lawmakers urged the “government to immortalise the former Chief of General Staff,” while resolving to send a delegation to Diya’s house to console the family.

The Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, asked the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase, to compile the list of members of the House’ delegation, after which he read out their names on the floor.

Diya was appointed Chief of General Staff in 1993 and Vice Chairman of the Provisional Ruling Council in 1994. As CGS, he was second in command and the de facto vice-president of Nigeria under Abacha from 1994.


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