As more tributes continue to pour in for late Vanguard columnist, Pini Jason, Ndigbo Lagos, yesterday, described him as a great mind with wisdom and understanding.

At a condolence visit to his residence, President-General of Ndigbo Lagos, Prof. Anya O. Anya, said that late Pini fought a good fight for the people and the affairs of the nation was very important to him.

Anya said: “Pini, your colleagues in the Ndigbo Lagos remembers you with great affection. You fought the good fight for your people.

“You always dealt with insight, wisdom and understanding on matters in the affairs of your people and the nation. Adieu. May your precious soul rest in peace.”

Other dignitaries in the entourage of the Ndigbo Lagos, who were at his residence, also noted that he was a special man.

Oby Okeke said: “You were such a kindhearted man. Ndigbo Lagos mandated you and Chief Guy Ikokwu to always drop me at my parents’ house at Aguda Surulere anytime we finished EXCO meeting.

“You did that religiously as though I was your daughter. Even when you could not, you always gave me taxi fare. May your kind soul rest in peace.”

Ada Agina-Ude said: “Pini, will be greatly missed. May God grant his soul eternal rest.” For Sir Nnamdi Nwigwe: “The Lord who gives has every right to take his own. Let us not question him. It is well. Dear Pini, rest in the Lord’s blossom.”

Kalu Onuma said: “You were simply a great man. The ideas you so painstakingly assured are what we should all live with. Go in peace great mind. Sleep tight.”

The late Pini, a former Special Assistant on Special Duties to former governor Ikedi Ohakim of Imo State, who wrote his last column published Tuesday April 30, entitled A letter to Yushau Shuaib, on the travails of the former spokesman of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, was also said to be a great man.

According to the former All National Peoples Party Imo East senatorial candidate, Carl Azudibia, late Pini was a very straight man, who was in a class if his own.

He said: “In 2003 he presented a paper on my behalf and I will never forget that. He takes position based on conviction not with sentiment.

“If he was after monetary gains, he would have been a minister on several occasions. He stands for the truth every time. He never joins the band wagon.

“He was a very great man and he can’t be bought with money. His death is a great loss to humanity.”


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