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Jonathan, govs, Ngige, others mourn Chukwumerije

Posted: Apr 21, 2015 at 7:55 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chukwujekwu Ilozue, Awka, Ben Duru, Chesa Chesa, and William Igenegbaitan  

President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed shock and sadness over the death of Senator Uche Chukwumerije, saying he would be long remembered for his dedication and passion for a just and equitable society.

The President sent his condolences to the Chukwumerije family and the government and people of Abia State on the death of the senator and social critic.

An Aso Rock statement signed by Presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati, said: “Jonathan also commiserates with the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria over the passage of Senator Chukwumerije who was an ardent believer in national unity, peace, political stability and progress.

“The President joins them in mourning the late patriot and nationalist who has left behind an impressive legacy of discipline, honesty, integrity and hard work in public service.

Jonathan prayed for God to comfort all who mourn Chukwumerije 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..

Also, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has expressed shock and sadness over the death of Chukwumerije.

In a statement issued by his spokesman, Malam Imam Imam, 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.

He said Chukwumerije’s deep knowledge of legislative ethics and practices is unequalled, adding that given his contributions to the development of Nigerian legislature, history will be kind to him.


While extending the condolence of members of the House of representatives to the Senate and his constituents, Tambuwal prayed to Almighty God to give his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Also, the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau, on Monday described the death of  Chukwumerije as a big blow to the education sector.

Shekarau in a condolence message signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Nnamdi Olebara, said said that the death of the senator, who was until his death, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Education, was a big loss to Nigeria’s democracy.

Also, former Governor of Anambra State, Senator Chris Ngige, who represents Anambra Central Senatorial District at the Senate, said that 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.”

According to him, the death was shocking to him and much unexpected.