Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra State has mourned the demise of Chief Chuwkwuemeka Ezeife, a former governor of the state who passed on at 85.
Ezeife died in Abuja on Thursday after battling an undisclosed illness at the Federal Medical Centre, Abuja.
His death was made public through a statement signed by Chief Rob Ezeife on behalf of the family.
Commiserating with the family in a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Christian Aburime, Soludo described the late Ezeife as “a man of many hats; a titan in the annals of our state and nation.
“Fondly called ‘Okwadike,’ he was elected governor of Anambra State on the platform of the Social Democratic Party between January 1992 and November 1993 during the aborted Third Republic.
“As a Harvard-trained economist, Dr. Ezeife once served with resolute dedication and integrity as a Federal Permanent Secretary, leaving behind a legacy of excellence in public service.
“As the first civilian Governor of Anambra State, he navigated the complexities of post-military rule with wisdom and foresight, laying the foundation for the vibrant state we know today.
“He once served as a Political Adviser to the former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, just as he was also a Presidential Aspirant. Dr Ezeife was always driven by a deep desire to improve the lives of his fellow Nigerians.
“A scholar, a visionary, and a man of deep compassion, his gentle demeanour and thoughtful counsel endeared him to all, regardless of political affiliation. He was a bridge-builder, a voice of reason, and a tireless advocate for the unity and progress of Anambra State and Nigeria as a whole.
“His departure leaves a void that will be difficult to fill. However, we find solace in the knowledge that his legacy of service, integrity, and unwavering commitment to the common good will continue to inspire us all.”