Senate President, Senator David Mark; his Deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu; and the entire Senate on Thursday, 12th June, 2014, expressed shock over demise of Senator Awaisu Kuta who represented Niger East Senatorial District in the Senate describing him as foremost parliamentarian.
Senator Mark lamented that the cold hand of death has robbed the Senate and indeed the nation of a brilliant, vibrant and result-oriented lawmaker who distinguished himself in all ramifications.
According to Mark: “Senator Kuta was a fore front parliamentarian. His views and positions unarguably represented those of the ordinary Nigerian. Indeed he stood for the masses. That was why he enjoyed the sobriquet of ‘comrade Senator’ on the floor of the Red chamber.
“His death has no doubt created a vacuum. We shall miss his humour . We shall miss his frank, honest and patriotism. He was a rare gem.
“Senator Kuta’s easy and calm disposition endears him to all. He was a good mixer and every body saw in him a true friend. He was just a pleasant fellow.
“My heart goes to his immediate family, the government and people of Niger State as well as the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria over this painful loss.”
Senator Ekweremadu who described the death as an “incalculable loss to the Senate and the nation”, said late Senator Kuta was a dependable Senator who discharged his responsibilities most creditable and efficiently.
He said: “Distinguished Senator Kuta was a brother, friend and a paragon of integrity, principle, courage, and competence. He was a pan-Nigerian who loved his country from the depth of his heart and worked selflessly towards its development. His death truly hit where it hurts most and I am pained that he did not live to see the Nigeria of our collective dream, which he worked so hard for, fully emerge from the challenges of the moment.
In a statement in Abuja, Senate spokesman, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe said Senator Kuta who until his death represent Niger East in the Senate, died in the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) in the early hours of Thursday, 12th June, 2014.
Senator Kuta he said was one of the most resourceful senators who loved his people dearly and worked assiduously for the good of not only his state, constituency but also for the country.
“He was a Nigerian patriot per excellence. A development oriented lawmaker and one that believed and worked for oneness of the country, a believe he amply exhibited as chairman of the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-govenmental Affairs”.