Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has reacted to the death of former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ibrahim Mantu.

Ortom, in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase, on Tuesday, said the demise of Senator Mantu is a painful loss to Nigeria.

According to him, Mantu’s death occurred at a time the country urgently needs the wise counsel and experience of statesmen such as the former Deputy Senate President to help it overcome the current security and economic challenges.

The governor describes Senator Mantu as a true democrat and patriot who played a vital role in nursing the country’s nascent democracy from 1999 to where it is today.

He stated that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in particular, will deeply miss its former Board of Trustees member who made selfless contributions to the growth, unity and success of the party.

Ortom sympathized with the Mantu family, the government and the people of Plateau State and prayed for God to grant the former Deputy Senate President eternal rest.

Clusterchannel reports that Mantu died in a private hospital in Abuja at about 2 am on Tuesday.

Mantu was said to have been ill for nine days.

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