Jonathan, First Lady, Speaker, others mourn Chukwumerije

By Post Nigeria April 21, 2015 09:47

Jonathan, First Lady, Speaker, others mourn Chukwumerije

President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday extended his condolences to the Chukwumerije family as well as the Government and people of Abia State following the death of Senator Uche Chukwumerije.

In a statement released via his Spokesperson, Reuben Abati, Jonathan also commiserated with the Senate over Chukwumerije’s death.

Jonathan said he joins the family in mourning the late patriot and nationalist, who left behind an impressive legacy of discipline, honesty, integrity and hard work in public service.

Jonathan said he believed Chukwumerije, who had a distinguished career as a journalist, social critic, Minister of Information and Senator, will be long remembered for his dedication and passion for a just and equitable society.

“As the nation mourns him, the President urges Mr. Chukwumerije’s family, friends and associates to honour his memory by continually upholding the values and principles which he lived for and never stopped fighting for till his death,” the statement said.

“President Jonathan prays that Almighty God will comfort all who mourn him and grant his soul perfect peace.”

Also, the First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, in a separate statement also commiserated with the people of Abia State over the death of Chukwumerije, who she described as an illustrious son of the state.

She noted that the deceased was an astute politician who made his mark in the political equation of Nigeria and Abia State in particular even as she praises his legislative acumen and experience which were brought to bear on the Senate Committee on Education, which he chaired until his demise, adding that the death of the senator is a painful loss not only to the family but to his colleagues in the National Assembly, friends, well wishers and the nation.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives and Governor-elect of Sokoto state, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, and former Governor of Anambra State, Senator Chris Ngige, who represents Anambra Central Senatorial District at the Senate, all released statements commiserating with the family and the people of Abia state.

Tambuwal described the deceased Senator as a fine legislator and a refined gentleman whose passion for the unity and progress of Nigeria is well-documented, with his deep knowledge of legislative ethics and practices unequalled.

Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau said the Senator, who until his death was the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, was a big loss to Nigeria’s democracy while Senator Chris Ngige in a similarly somber mood said Chukwumerije’s death “was a colossal loss to the Igbo in particular and Nigeria in general.

“The Senate will lose his incisive and erudite contribution to debate on motions and bills in the chambers.

“Nigeria has lost one of her best. He was a die in the wool Igbo nationalist who believed that the spirit of industry, hard work, resilience and adroitness of the Igbo can be put into very good use for their survival in the federation of Nigeria.”

Senator Chukwumerije’s family revealed he died from lung cancer.