Shocker may be the apt word to describe what awaits dignitaries and the rest Nigerians who would be in Amichi, Nnewi South council of Anambra state the country home of the erstwhile Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Chief Edwin Umezoke who would be buried this morning.
The remains of the former speaker who died last month in an India hospital for ailments suspected to be food poisoning were scheduled to be interred today in his compound within the Amichi royal estate.
His final journey began Monday at the national Assembly, down to the Anambra state Assembly where valedictory sessions were held in his honour ahead his committal to mother earth this morning.
Unfortunately the high expectations of citizens that his demise might attract the attention of the Federal and state governments to the poor conditions of roads leading to his house, especially the gully-ravaged Nnewi community roads and the Oba-Nnewi-Amichi-Uga-Okigwe federal highway that have been completely closed to traffic for about four years in some portions were dashed as nothing has been done to them as at last night when Guardian visited again.
First to express his dissatisfaction was the monarch of Amichi and cousin to the late statesman, HRH Igwe Offorbuike Ezeoke who was miffed by the apparent neglect of the axial roads connecting his community with other parts of the country, even now that the erstwhile national chairman of the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) was dead
It was the late former speaker who embraced the Government of National Unity (GNU) under the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua all geared towards stabilizing the polity.
His son Chinemerem, an erstwhile aide to Yar’Adua ccould not pick calls for comments.
However a valedictory sitting was held in his honour by the Anambra state Assembly yesterday.