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Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife Worked For A Greater Nigeria Till The Last Minute – Ohakim



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It is with immense sadness that I received the news of the death of elder statesman and iconic patriot, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife. At 85 years of age, Dr Ezeife lived a relatively long but certainly fulfilled life but even so, it is quite regrettable that he is quitting the stage at a time the entire nation needs him most.

Getting to the peak of his career in the nation’s civil service, Dr. Ezeife, along with a few others, strived to bequeath a public service that would be well equipped to face the challenges of the new millennium. Upon retiring from the service, he took to politics where, as a democratically elected civilian governor, he introduced reforms that drew great impetus from both his immense academic grounding and civil service exposure.

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Okwadike, as he was more popularly known, served as governor of  Anambra state during the same period as my late boss, Chief Evan Enwerem, who was governor of my home state, Imo – just next to Ezeife’s Anambra. I can state without any fear of contradiction that their class of governors would have laid a solid foundation for the total transformation of our dear country had they been in office for a period even a little longer than was witnessed.

More than three decades later, the challenges that confronted our country then still loom large; the result being that people like Dr. Ezeife, even at the twilight of life, was compelled to remain an activist till death, in pursuit of a better Nigeria.

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We owe him no greater honour than to uphold those ideals for which he lived. My family and I join millions of other Nigerians to mourn him and pray the good Lord to give his family the fortitude to bear the big loss.



Ikedi Ohakim

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