By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI—THE National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, South East zone, Mr. Austin Umahi and a community leader in Ebonyi State, Chief Abia Onyike yesterday consoled the family of late Senator Offia Nwali who died after a brief illness at the age of 74.
Nwali was a second Republic Senator and first black man to obtain PhD in Computer and Analytical studies from Harvard University.
Speaking during a condolence visit in Ezza South local government area of the state, the South East National Vice Chairman, Mr. Umahi, who expressed regrets that the deceased’ wise counsel and contributions were still needed in the affairs of the state described his death as a big loss to the state and country at large.
Austin asked God to give the deceased family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss as he promised to assist the family whenever he was called upon.
According to an Ebonyi community leader, Chief Abia Onyike, Offia Nwali’s death marked the end of an era in the annals of Ebonyi politics.
Abia, who consoled the family of the deceased urged them to maintain the legacies of the late distinguished senator, so that generation yet unborn could tap into his accomplishments.
Late Offia Nwali was also the President of Ebonyi State Movement in the 1980s.