By Peter Okutu
President Goodluck Jonathan has described his late Senior Special Assistant on Political Matters, Senator Polycarp Nwite, who was buried last weekend amidst tears, as a man who exhibited the will and courage to face life, no matter the challenges before him.
President Jonathan, who was represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Special Projects, Mr. Akachukwu Nwangbo, stated that his greatest concern was how the numerous children left behind by Nwike could be assisted.
The burial ceremony of Nwite took place at Odegari Edda village in Abakaliki local government area of Ebonyi State.
He said: “It is only God who knows why he died at this point in time…his death challenges all of us who are his colleagues to look after his children as ours.”
In his remarks, representatives of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Majority Whip, Emeka Ihedioha, stated that Nwite meant a lot to the Igbo nation as he had made his impact on the socio-political sphere in the land, adding that Ndigbo and Nigeria will miss him greatly.
He stated that Nwite was recalled to the country as an ambassador in order to play a stabilizing role in the polity and urged the family to keep the flag flying.
On his part, Chairman of former Senators’ Forum in Nigeria, Senator Sylvanus Ngele, lamented that Ebonyi and, indeed, Nigeria had lost a sound politician, committed leader, friend of many as well as a detribalized and patriotic Nigerian.
“Nwite was a member of the Constituent Assembly, National Assembly, ambassador and Special Assistant to the President. His exit has created a vacuum… he was my mentor in the police force.
“If you approach him politely, you will have polite response, but if you approach him rudely, you will receive a rude shock,” he said.
Also, a member of the House of Representatives, representing Abakaliki/Izzi Federal Constituency, Sylvester Ogbaga, stated that Nwite was an outspoken politician who was better appreciated outside the state, and regretted he departed when his services and experience were most needed.