Daily Trust (Abuja)

2 December 2012

Nigeria: MPs Relocate to Sokoto as Tambuwal Receives Honorary Degree

Members of the House of Representatives temporarily relocated to the seat of the Caliphate, Sokoto where Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal was awarded honourary doctorate degree in Law by the Usmanu Danfodio University Sokoto.

The Convocation Square of the University was filled to capacity with guests from different parts of the country who came to grace the occasion

Tambuwal, a graduate of the same institution was conferred with Honourary Doctorate Degree in Law (LLD) Honoris Causa.

Also awarded were governors Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko of Sokoto State and Rotimi Ameachi of Rivers State who both received the Doctor of laws awards.

Other awardees were Professor Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Fund (TETFUND); Tony Elumelu; Alhaji Bilya Yahaya, the chairman Governing Council of the university and a reknown Professor of Africa History John Faden

Dignitaries at the event included former President Shehu Shagari, Senate President David Mark represented by Deputy Senate Leader Senator Abdul Ahmed Ningi, Deputy Speaker Emeka Ihedioha, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman Alhaji Bamango Tukur, former Presidential Adviser on National Assembly Matters Senator Abba Aji, House Leader Mulikat Adeola-Akande, former Deputy Speaker Usman Bayero Nafada, National Assembly Clerk Alhaji Salisu Abubakar Maikasuwa, the House of Representatives' Clerk Sani Omolori, traditional rulers and other eminent Nigerians.

Senator Ningi described Tambuwal as an emerging cosmopolitan legislator who has, within the short period of 17 years in politics, been now seen by many as a bridge builder.

The visibly elated Tambuwal said he was overwhelmed by the large turnout of members and other guests because "I personally signed only three invitations. I never expected this few months ago. I thank the University for the recognition as this will serve as yet another challenge for me to continue on the path we have taken. I am touched by members presence and that is why all of us the 360 members are one family and whatever affected one affects all".

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