Tinubu describes Ezeife as true Nigerian at burial

President Bola Tinubu has described the former governor of Anambra, Chukwuemeka  Ezeife, as a true son of the soil who fought for the peace and unity of Nigeria.

Tinubu made the remarks as Ezeife’s remains were laid to rest on Saturday in his Igbo-Ukwu country home, Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that eminent Nigerians, who attended the funeral service took turns to pay tribute to the late Ezeife.

Tinubu, represented by Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo, said Ezeife died at the time Nigeria needed his development ideas the most.

He said, “Dr Ezeife’s outstanding public service career left indelible marks on the sands of time.

“He had a towering influence as a former federal permanent secretary as well as outstanding leadership credentials in Nigeria’s political landscape.

”While praying for the repose of the soul of the dearly departed, the President encourages his loved ones to take solace in his indelible legacy.”

Also, Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State described the late Ezeife as a true Nigerian, a patriot and a mentor with unique knowledge and experience.

In attendance at the ceremony were the former governors of Anambra State, Peter Obi and Senator Chris Ngige; Senator Uche Ekwunife, Senator Victor Umeh, Senator Ben Ndi-Obi and traditional rulers, among others.

Ezeife, who governed Anambra from January 2, 1992 to November 1993 on the platform of the Social Democratic Party, died on December 14, 2023 at 85 years.

A thanksgiving service will conclude the ceremonies at the Salvation Army Church, Igbo-Ukwu, on Sunday by 9am.

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