Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday paid tribute to their departed colleague, Rep. Raphael Nomiye and extolled his positive qualities during his life time.
The Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, who presided over the valedictory session, described the late Nomiye as a “humble and noble” character, who went about issues of life with tact and patriotism.
He said that the deceased legislator never joined issues with people unnecessarily.
While enjoining other legislators to emulate his good qualities, Tambuwal said the Ondo State born lawmaker always made his contributions without allowing sectional or tribal bias to override public interest.
“Today is a solemn day for all of us in the house, Hon. Nomiye as a colleague, was a gentleman who until his death represented Eseodo/Ilaje in constituency in Ondo State.
“Hon. Raphael Nomiye was a man of few words, who went about his business with humility and tact.
“He talks about issues, not people; he talks about facts, not fiction, and he was a man who did not join issues unnecessarily.
“He preferred to meet me outside the chamber to discuss issues or get clarifications on issues instead of saying anything that could cause conflict.
“I am always amazed to see our members forget their personal bias while contributing to debates in the chamber.
“Nomiye was a man of selfless service. He ran a good race, and left a legacy that won’t be forgotten,” Tambuwal said.
In their tributes, Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha and Majority Leader, Rep. Mulikat Akande-Adeola, extolled paid attributes to their departed colleague and prayed that God should grant his soul eternal rest.
In his tribute, Minority Leader, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, represented by minority whip, Rep. Samson Osagie, said that late Nomiye left footprints as a ?great achiever.”
“Hon. Nomiye was a very amiable and unassuming public officer who pursued the interest of his constituency with every strength in him,” he said.
Gbajabiamila also described the deceased as a “nationalist and patriot who interacted with everybody, irrespective of party affiliation.”
In his tribute, the senator representing Ondo State caucus in the senate, Sen. Boluwaji Kunlere, described late Raphael Nomiye as a dependable patriot.
He said the deceased spent his life time working for the wellbeing of his people and humanity.
He, however, warned Nigerians to desist from focusing on the negative aspects of other people, especially at death, saying that pressure from the society on political representatives was capable of killing people suddenly.
“My brother Nomiye was a dependable and reliable patriot, humble and unassuming personality. It is unfortunate that people like to focus on the negative aspects of others.
“But as a lawmaker, I am aware that the pressure of society on an individual is enough to kill somebody you saw a few minutes ago,” he said.
The speaker later appointed a member each from the six geo-political zones to speak on behalf of their zones.
Nomiye, of Labour Party, died on Nov. 22 in Abuja after a brief illness.