Ezeife’s Death Fading Of Guiding A Star In Sky Of Nigerian Politics – Ozigbo
L-R: Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Mr Valentine Ozigbo and his wife when they paid the former Anambra governor a condolence visit in 2022.

Ezeife’s Death Fading Of A Guiding Star In Sky Of Nigerian Politics – Ozigbo

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Valentine Ozigbo, a Nigerian business leader and Candidate in the 2021 Anambra Gubernatorial election has expressed sorrow over the passing of former Anambra State governor, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife.

Ezeife, aged 85, died on Thursday evening at the Federal Medical Centre in Abuja after a brief illness.

In a statement, Ozigbo said he, in deep sorrow and respect, joined the Ezeife Dynasty and the people of Igbo-Ukwu in mourning the loss of whom he described as “a father and great icon.”

“With profound respect and a heart full of memories, I join countless others in mourning the loss of a great icon, Okwadike Ndigbo, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife. His transition to glory leaves an irreplaceable void not only in our lives but in the annals of Nigerian history,” Ozigbo stated.

He said: “Dr. Ezeife, a man of immense stature and wisdom, was more than just a political leader or a public figure to me; he was a father.

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“His generosity knew no bounds, his kindness touched innumerable lives, and his wise counsel guided many through turbulent times.

“From his distinguished career as an academic at Havard University to his tenure in public service as a Federal Permanent Secretary to his impactful tenure as the first Executive Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Ezeife was a beacon of integrity, dedication, and visionary leadership.

Ezeife’s Death Fading Of Guiding Star In Sky Of Nigerian Politics – Ozigbo

“His role as a Political Adviser to the President and a Presidential Aspirant was marked by his unwavering commitment to the ideals of democracy and national development.

“Dr. Ezeife’s departure is not just the loss to Ndi Anambra or the loss of a statesman; it’s the fading of a guiding star that shone brightly in the sky of Nigerian politics. His legacy, however, remains immortalised in the many lives he touched and the profound contributions he made to our nation,” Ozigbo added.

Ozigbo also prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed and urged Nigerians to imbibe the lessons and tall ideals that Ezeife stood for.

“As we prepare to bid him farewell in a befitting State Burial, let us celebrate his extraordinary life and cherish the invaluable lessons he imparted,” Ozigbo continued.

“May his soul find eternal rest in the loving embrace of the Almighty, and may his spirit continue to inspire us towards creating a more just, equitable, and prosperous Nigeria.

“Farewell, Okwadike. You were truly a father, a mentor, and a towering figure whose absence will be deeply felt. Your journey on earth was a testament to a life well-lived in service to humanity. Rest in peace, great son of Igbo-Ukwu,” Ozigbo added.


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