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Sen. Chukwumerije dies at 75


Chukwumerije. image source cdnnaij.

Chukwumerije. image source cdnnaij.

Sen. Uche Chukwumerije is dead.

Chukwumerije, a former Chairman, Senate Committee on Education, died on Sunday in a Turkish Hospital in Abuja at the age of 75.

He was a three-time senator that represented Abia North, he was elected into the Senate in 2003.

Chika Chukwumerije, son of the deceased told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview that his father died of lung cancer at exactly 4.30 p.m., on Sunday.

“We are trying to organise some things; he died at exactly 4.30 p.m., this evening.

“He died here in Abuja and was surrounded by his friends before his last breath.

“He has been an inspiration in ways I cannot explain,’’ Chika said.

Chika also told NAN that burial arrangements would be communicated once it had been concluded.

Chukwumerije, elected a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in April 2003, represented Abia North Senatorial District.

He served as minister of information in the dying days of the military regime of Ibrahim Babangida and later served in the same capacity in the interim national government of Ernest Shonekan.

NAN recalls that Sen. Chukwumerije was rumoured to have slumped and died in 2014 after the legislator lost his return bid to the Senate in a PDP primary election.

The rumour was later described as the handiwork of “a few ungodly and irresponsible individuals.”

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  • Frank Ojiako

    Hero in the service of His fatherland.You,Farouk Lawan and your Integrity Group friends stopped “Robert Mugabe” from re-locating to Nigeria in the Third Term bid of OBJ (who choose not to represent our “Nelson Mandela”). For that singular act all your Sin’s of Military Propagandist were forgiven you. U would always be remembered by your Excellent strides in the Nigerian Senate. Adieu-Thanks for giving us Chika.

  • Mukhtari

    RIP. The press at least needs to add that in 1967-1970 he was also the Director , Biafra Directorate of Propaganda. He was a news maker manager in many ways.