Lame, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), was said to have passed on Saturday night at a Turkish hospital in Abuja, where he had been on admission for some weeks now.
He has since been buried in the federal capital territory (FCT) according to Islamic rites.
In a statement signed by Yusuph Olaniyonu, his special adviser (media and publicity), Saraki expressed sadness over the occurrence.
He described Lame as “an astute educationist, parliamentarian and a patriotic Nigerian who played leading roles in the socio-political-development of the country.”
“Senator Lame was a man of many parts. He rose from humble beginning into national limelight. His contributions to the upliftment of the nation’s education, party politics and the Nigeria Police remain legendary. We shall all miss him,” Saraki said.
The senate president added that the deceased would “be remembered for his humility, hard work and philanthropy.”
Lame, a governorship aspirant in Bauchi state, held the traditional title of ‘Santurakin Bauchi’, until his death.
He was elected a senator in the botched third republic in 1992 and was appointed a senior special assistant by Obasanjo in 1999.
He later became the minister of police affairs during late president Umaru Yar’Adua’s administration.