By Idowu Maryam
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila has pledged to train the children of the Ifeanyi Okereke, the vendor killed by his security aide till they attain 21 years.
Hon. Gbajabiamilla made the commitment on Sunday in Abuja when he paid a condolence visit to the newspapers distributors and vendors at the newspapers distribution centre in Area 1, Garki, Abuja, over the killing of their colleague, Ifeanyi Okereke, by an operative of the Department of State Services attached to his convoy, .
During the interaction, the Speaker announced an endowment fund for Okereke, while his two children would be on scholarships till age 21.He added that Mr Okereke would be honoured in plenary on Tuesday.
The vendor was shot by the Speaker security aide at the Federal Secretariat around 3pm on Thursday and was confirmed dead at the National Hospital, Abuja
Similarly, Hon. Gbajabiamila paid a visit to the family of the late Okereke in Kwata village in the Madalla/Suleja, Niger State, where he met with his wife and children.
During the condolence visit, Hon. Gbajabiamila, said, “Many of you who know me and those who have followed my work over the years will know that the focus of my legislatives activities over the years has been the protection of the common man. I have done this from Day 1 and I will continue to do it for as long as God gives me the life to serve as a legislator or in whatever capacity.
“This is why this has been a very difficult time for me. The irony is not lost, that the same person, who has championed the cause of the everyday Nigerians, as God would have it, is the same person who, for whatever reason which investigation will unravel, was caught up in this situation. I have been in deep mourning since Thursday.
“I have made commitments to the family because his children have now become my children, to take care of the children until they reach adulthood. I have immediately instructed the lawyers in the office to immediately set up a trust for the education and welfare for the children until they turn 21.”