Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has described the death of the former President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Professor Ralph Uwechua, as a great loss to Nigeria and Africa.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mallam Imam Imam,
Tambuwal said Professor Uwechue would be remembered for his distinguished services to the foreign affairs ministry and his lasting impressions on the Black Consciousness Movements across the globe.
He urged the federal and Delta State Governments to immortalise the deceased by instituting deliberate mechanism for the study of his life and works.
While condoling with Nigerians over the death of the respected scholar, Tambuwal prayed to Almighty God to give his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Also, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha, has described the death of Uwechue as painful, unfortunate and regretful. He noted that Ndigbo have lost a quintessential statesman, father figure and rallying point for unity and progress of the Igbo race and one who led brilliantly during his tenure as President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
He said the late Uwechue made his mark as a fine diplomat, who brought great skills and experience to bear during his leadership of the pan-Igbo body and remained an elder statesman, who commanded respect and admiration until his death.
“His exalted position as president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo did not in any way detract from his nationalist posture as an elder statesman with reach, contact and networks throughout the country and across the world,” he stated.
Ihedioha, who prayed for a peaceful passage of Uwechue’s soul to eternal rest, consoled the bereaved family and the entire Ndigbo. He urged them to bear the loss with equanimity and submission to the will of the immortal creator.