By Georgina Humphrey
The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’Forum, SMBLF, has expressed shock over the demise of the former Governor of Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife at the age of 85.
A statement jointly signed by leaders of the Forum described late Ezeife as a strong promoter and an unshaken believer in the unity and progress of Nigeria,
‘Okwadike’ as he was fondly called was a founding and staunch member of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum; a strong promoter, and an unshaken believer in the unity and progress of Nigeria, based on equity, fairness, and justice” the statement adds.
According to the statement, Chief Ezeife participated actively in the last meeting of the Forum in Abuja on Thursday 26th October 2023, where far-reaching decisions were taken in the overall interest of the country.
It explains that the Havard-trained economist was a prominent Statesman, a politician of exceptional brilliance, high repute, and integrity.
“He was a man of firm resolve and typical modesty. Ezeife loved his people and Nigeria with passion. We will sorely miss his inspiring personality, brilliant ideas, vibrant contributions, and steadfast solidarity in our pursuit of an egalitarian Nigerian State that would be fair and just to all irrespective of tribe, religion, or political inclination”.
“We extend our deepest condolences to his family in particular, and the Government and people of Anambra State, the Igbo Nation, and Nigeria, which he served dedicatedly”.
“May the Almighty God grant us all the fortitude to bear this irreplaceable loss and for the peaceful repose of the noble soul of our dearly beloved departed Compatriot.
The leaders of the Forum comprises Chief Edwin Clark, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Dr. Pogu Bitrus and Senator Emmanuel Ibok-Essien.
Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Safiya Wada
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