Emotions ran high, grown-up men wept openly, oblivious of the clicking cameras while some Senators too, overcome with grief, simply stared blankly during the valedictory session of Senator Gyang Dalyop Dantong from Plateau State.
The Senator died about two weeks during the mass burial of scores of people killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen on July 6.
He and the Majority Leader, Plateau House of Assembly, Gyang Fulani, died of exhaustion while fleeing from fresh attack. Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Smart Adeyemi, among others, tried in vain to keep the tears at bay. It failed.
When the tears refused to stop after listening to commendations about the virtues, humility and peaceful nature of the late Dantong, the Deputy Senate President, for the first time in the chamber, hid behind dark glasses. For Adeyemi, the tears flowed till the end of the session. In his tribute, Senate President David Mark recalled Dantong’s role in resolving the impasse between the Lagos State Government and medical doctors over pay disparity.
Senator Mark also said that until his death, Dantong went for funerals of constituents on a weekly basis.“Today, we say goodbye to Senator Gyang Dalyop Dantong. Even in death, he continues to be a uniting factor and a shining example of model leadership. “For those of us who know the late Senator Dantong, he was calm and easy-going, just as he was so passionate about how to improve the health situation in Nigeria”.