March 20, 2024

Death of Ezeife, a national tragedy — Akpabio


ABUJA—Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio has described the death of the former Governor of old Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife as a national tragedy at a time Nigeria would have benefited immensely from his wealth of experience.

Akpabio made the remarks when members of the national burial committee of the late elder statesman paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media/Communication, Anietie Ekong, Akpabio said: “The reality is that the death of the former governor, Chief Ezeife, is a national tragedy. It is not something that concerns only the South-East, it concerns the entire nation.

“Anyone who was not affected by his governance must have been affected by his worth as a national icon. He was such a national figure that whenever he spoke, the nation listened. Chief Ezeife was a voice for Nigeria and was recognised internationally.

“Sometimes I wonder whether the hopes and aspirations of their generation have been achieved. We were born to see Nigeria. We grew up to aspire to better the lot of Nigerians. We work hard to make Nigeria better.”

Senator Akpabio said the National Assembly would work with the committee to give the late Ezeife a befitting burial by taking active part in the activities to mark the funeral. He prayed for the repose of the soul of the late elder statesman.