By Samuel Ogundipe
Borno State senator, Ahmed Zanna, has died.
Zanna, who’s been representing Borno Central Senatorial District since 2011 and was reelected in the March 28 National Assembly elections, dies early Saturday at the age of 59.
As a senator, Zanna championed the plight of the people of northeastern Nigeria, especially on the need to replenish Lake Chad that has continued to lose its massive water reserves. His passion for the welfare of the victims of Boko Haram Islamic sect often pits him against the administration of Goodluck E. Jonathan.
He was also accused of being a Boko Haram “kingpin” over his readiness to negotiate with the terrorist organisation.
The families of Zanna have not officially announced his death, but reports of condolence visits have been pouring in from his colleagues at the National Assembly.
Although he was first elected senator on the platform of PDP in 2011, Senator Zanna later joined the All Progressives Congress on which platform he secured reelection this year.