28 May 2014

Nigeria: National Conference Adjourns Until Monday As Kutigi Loses Wife

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Justice Idris Kutigi.

Proceedings at the National Conference was on Wednesday adjourned till Monday following the death of Hajia Maryam Kutigi, wife of conference Chairman, Justice Idris Kutigi (rtd).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Deputy Chairman, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, made the announcement on resumption of plenary on Wednesday.

Akinyemi said the deceased had been in hospital for a while, a development, he said, did not deter Kutigi from carrying out his function at the conference.

"Distinguished delegates, it is with a sense of deep sorrow that I announce the death of Hajia Maryam Idris Kutigi, wife of our honourable chairman.

"She died at 2.00 a.m. in the hospital today.

"The chairman, in spite of the fact that his wife had been in hospital for these times, had been attending session every day.

"This is indicative of the sacrifice that people in leadership make," Akinyemi said.

The deputy chairman explained that the burial ceremony would take place at the Gudu Muslim Cemetery at 11.00 a.m. on Wednesday.

According to him, prayers for the deceased would be at 10.00 a.m. at the chairman's residence at Asokoro, Abuja.

Following the announcement, Akinyemi announced that it was improper to hold the session.

"You will agree with me that, it is only proper and human to adjourn our sitting so that we can attend these ceremonies.

"It is my understanding that you (delegates) don't wish to meet tomorrow, which is a public holiday, and that was the feeling from the hall.

"So, if that is right, we will then adjourn until 9.00 a.m. on Monday. We will proceed to Kutigi's house since we do not have much time.

"So this conference remains adjourned till 9.00 a.m. on Monday," Akinyemi.

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