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Passage of Maduekwe and Amadi: Governors eulogise departed ex-minister, literary icon

By Kelvin Ebiri (Port Harcourt) Hendrix Oliomogbe (Asaba) Charles Coffie Gyamfi (Abeokuta) Gordi Udeaja (Umuahia) Charles Ogugbuaja (Owerri) Uzoma Nzeagwu (Awka)
01 July 2016   |   3:36 am
Eulogies poured in torrents from state governors to former minister of foreign affairs, Chief Ojo Maduekwe and foremost literary icon, Captain Elechi Amadi, who died on Wednesday.
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Obiano, Amosun, Okorocha, Ikpeazu, Wike, Okowa say they lived fulfilled lives

Eulogies poured in torrents from state governors to former minister of foreign affairs, Chief Ojo Maduekwe and foremost literary icon, Captain Elechi Amadi, who died on Wednesday.

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun described the late Minister as one who played politics without bitterness, saying “Chief Maduekwe was a patriot who served Nigeria in different capacities, at different times and to the best of his ability.”

Amosun also said the country also suffered a huge loss in the death of Elechi Amadi, the renowned novelist and literary icon, saying, “they will be sorely missed at this critical stage in the socio-political development of Nigeria.”

His Rivers State counterpart, Governor Nyesom Wike, while expressing his condolence message to the family, noted that Amadi’s contributions to the development of the nation were legendary, further describing him as a consummate patriot, a great literary icon, a soldier’s soldier and development enthusiast.”

Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, who disclosed that the late lawyer and diplomat was his personal mentor, confidante and father, said (Ojo) was one of the strongest pillars of his administration that offered invaluable advice and guidance.

The governor recalled that he was constantly in touch with the late Maduekwe even up till last weekend when he (Maduekwe) phoned him from abroad to apologize to him (governor) for missing a meeting the state government held with the Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelama.

Ikpeazu said although Ambassador Maduekwe’s death is a national loss as he loyally and creditably served his country in numerous capacities, it is particularly a heavy loss for Abia State because “he was one of our brightest products who distinguished himself in the various high offices he occupied for the country.”

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State said the two Igbo illustrious sons had a fulfilled carrier in their lifetime, regretting that they died when the nation needed them most.

Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa said the demise of Amadi is tragic and a monumental loss to the literary world, while also describing Maduekwe, the Secretary, Board of Trustees of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as an epitome of integrity, extending special condolences to the Abia State Government, the PDP and the family of the late politician.

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state, who expressed shock over the sad news, said their death was has create a large vacuum in Igboland and Nigeria.