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Ekiti Assembly to mourn late speaker for 7-days



The Ekiti House of Assembly has declared a seven-day mourning period at the parliament to honour the death of the speaker, Funminiyi Afuye.

Mr Afuye died Wednesday evening after suffering cardiac arrest. He was said to have been rushed to the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti, where he gave up.

Yemisi Ayokunle, the chairman House Committee on Media in a statement Wednesday night said the members of the Assembly would miss Mr Afuye.

Mrs Ayokunle explained that as a sign of honour the flag in the Assembly complex would be flown at half mast for the days of mourning.

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She described the late speaker as an embodiment of courage, and excellence and a highly committed man to public service.

“He will be greatly missed,” Mrs Ayokunle added in the statement.

In a related development, the Ekiti government has described the death of the speaker of the Assembly, Mr Afuye, as ‘regrettable’.

Yinka Oyebode, a spokesman for the government, confirmed the death of Mr Afuye through a statement noting that he died after suffering from ‘cardiac arrest’.

The late Afuye was a former Commissioner for Information, and a two- time member of the state assembly.

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