Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has mourned the death of Senator Ibrahim Mantu, describing him as an elder statesman, erudite politician and friend of Journalism and Journalists.
HURIWA recalled the enormous contributions of the former Deputy Senate President to the socio-political development of Plateau State and the nation at large, adding that it cannot be gainsaid nor overemphasized that the sudden death of the former federal lawmaker is a great loss to his state and Nigeria at large.
Late Senator Mantu, according to HURIWA, was a grassroots politician whose life was all about the interest of the people as he did everything within his power to serve them through empowerment and quality representation.
The human rights group noted that Mantu earned his place in Nigerian politics by active involvement and also had a great connection with the youth whom he mentored not only in politics but in other fields, especially service to humanity.
“Until his death, the deceased availed the practice of Journalism in general of his resources, a wealth of experience and knowledge. We Journalists will miss the voice of peace and unity as well as an advocate of social cohesion and tolerance which the late Deputy Senate represented particularly during the trying moments of its history,” HURIWA said.
“One remarkable thing about the Late Senator was his detribalized approach to national issues. He was a Muslim but one would hardly notice as he accommodated everyone; friends to the Igbos and charitable to all.
“Mantu was open to all and in his early upbringing in Gindiri he played the role that touched and connected people. He thought of the general good. He was a politician with a charismatic difference; other northern leaders should emulate these virtues he exhibited while alive.
”Before his demise, Mantu was a member of the Board of Trustees of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He served in many political positions, including the Director-General of the Defunct National Republican Convention, Presidential campaign 1993; National Chairman, defunct Peoples Democratic Alliance, and National Publicity Secretary defunct United Nigeria Congress Party.
”In 1999, he was elected Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for Plateau Central Constituency under the platform of the PDP and was appointed Deputy Senate President in 2000.
”In his autobiography released in 2020, Orji Kalu, former Abia governor, said Mantu was the true hero in the efforts to stop the third term agenda of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2006. This was a testament to true representation devoid of political affiliations.