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Former minister, Ojo Maduekwe buried amid tributes

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Tributes were paid to late politician and Minister, Ojo Maduekwe, who was buried at his country home, Asaga, Ohafia, Abia State, yesterday, with President Muhammadu Buhari describing him as a “rare breed, who served the country with his reputation and integrity intact.”

At the event, the retiring Prelate of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria, Uka Emele, called on Nigerians to imbibe the culture of celebrating people that distinguished themselves in public service, and shun leaders, who climbed to stardom by looting and wrong application of public resources.

President Buhari, who was represented by his Senior Special Adviser on National Assembly matters, Sen. Ita Enang, said the commitment demonstrated by Maduekwe throughout his service in various portfolios he held was worthy of emulation. He urged Nigerians to emulate the life of selfless service and legacies and prayed for God’s guidance on his family.

On his part, Governor Ikpeazu said: “What we are witnessing is a call to the ephemeral nature of life. It is a challenge to all us of to live a life worthy and acceptable to God, so that when he calls us, it will be for us a moment of joy. Chief Maduekwe has run a good race. We are proud of him because he lived a good life worthy of emulation.”

Prof. Jerry Gana, who spoke on behalf of the BOT of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), praised Maduekwe for his dedication and commitment to service, saying from his days in the House of Representatives till his last assignment, as Ambassador to Canada, he showed that people could serve without a dent.

Former Aviation Minister, Osita Chidoka, who spoke on behalf of associates, described him as a man, whose love for his Asaga community, was known beyond the shores of the country, stressing that as a Minister, he wore the attire of his people all through.

Senate Minority leader, Godswill Akpabio, said Maduekwe shunned the lusts of office and showed much commitment to issues that could unite the country, stressing that Nigeria needed the kind of wisdom he exhibited at this time.

In a sermon, Rev Emele said the fight against corruption was not complete, if the federal government does not recognise and reward those that served in public offices with their integrity intact.Maduekwe died three months ago, at the age of 71.
 
 


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