*Nigeria, progressive class’ll miss him — Ayo Adebanjo
By Clifford Ndujihe
ELDER statesman and a stalwart of the National Democratic Coalition, NADECO, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has described the death of Chief Chuba Egolum as a big loss to the nation and the progressives in the country.
Chief Egolum, 65, who was a chieftain of NADECO and one of the founders of the Alliance for Democracy, AD, died in a home accident, at his Nri country home of Anambra State on March 19.
Born on September 22, 1951, the former national co-ordinator of the Eastern Mandate Union, EMU, national chairman of Ndigbo for Better Nigeria, NBN, and vice chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP (Anambra Central), was in the trenches with NADECO to enthrone democracy in the country during the dark days of military rule.
Reacting to Egolum’s death, Chief Adebanjo said: ‘’It is a big loss to the nation. He was a steadfast and consistent patriot. Nigeria and the progressive class in Nigeria will miss him greatly. I extend my condolences to his family.”
Commenting on how Egolum died, his son, Obum Jason Egolum, posted on facebook that March 19 was the saddest day of his life.
“Over the weekend, I got the worst news of my 22 years of life. My father, Chief Chuba Egolum, was in an accident on Saturday and unfortunately passed away Sunday morning. My family is grieving right now and just taking it hour-by-hour.’’
The politician’s niece, Mrs Chioma Osita Obika, also spoke on how he died.
She posted on facebook: ‘’March 19, 2017 is a date that will forever be etched in my memory. My uncle, Chuba Egolum passed on after a terrible gas incident in my family home. When I heard the news, I was shaken to my very core. Not him I thought, not my dad’s younger brother and paddy of life. He was the one we went to when we had tough issues to discuss with daddy.
“I still can’t believe it. I have asked God why He allowed such a terrible thing to happen. My family remains devastated and it will be a tough one to recover from. In times like this, the only one we can hold unto is God.”
Chief Egolum’s final journey will begin on May 5 with a wake in the United States of America by his children.