Umar, who paid a condolence visit to the deceased’s family in Jalingo, described the late speaker as “a fine gentleman who was an embodiment of humility, honesty and diligence.
“I received the news of his death with great shock; it is a great loss to the government and people of the state.
“The government will not only sponsor the education of all his children from primary to university level, but it will also ensure that his wife is engaged meaningfully to support the family,’’ the News Agency of Nigeria quoted the acting governor as saying on Monday.
Umar, however, called on the people of the state to remain calm, pledging that the government would do everything possible to maintain peace in the state.
He also urged the people to support whoever emerged as the new speaker to give room for peace and development in the state. (NAN)