By Emma Amaize
EX-MILITANT leader, Chief Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tomopolo and coordinator of the Forum for Justice and Human Rights Defence (FJHD) a non-governmental organization (NGO), Barrister Oghenejabor Ikimi, yesterday, commiserated with the Nigerian state over the demise of former president, Alhaji Umaru Yarâ€™Adua after a protracted illness.
Tompolo who spoke through his media adviser, Paul Bebenimibo told Vanguard Thursday, “The death of President Umaru Yar’Adua is a sad development because he was an amiable and dependable leader. However, I take it that it the will of God, but, even in death, his good works will continue to speak volume of his person”.
“I sincerely express my heartfelt sympathy to Nigerians and his immediate family. May the good Lord grant them the strength and courage to bear the irreparable loss”, he added.
In a statement made available to Vanguard, Ikimi stated,Â â€œThe late president would, however, be remembered as the first executive president to have died in office, the first Nigerian leader to publicly declare his assets and liabilities while in office, he would be remembered for the creation of Niger-Delta Ministry, the initiation of the amnesty programme, the electoral reforms panel, the presidential committee on police reforms, his zero tolerance for corruption stanceâ€.
He continued, â€œPresident Yarâ€™Adua would also be remembered for his humility and uprightness. He was in fact, one of the few governors that was never indicted for corruption by the EFCC and ICPCâ€.