Buhari mourns Maduekwe, Tobi, Amadi

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari has com­mis­er­ated with the fam­i­lies, gov­ern­ments and peo­ple of Abia, Delta and Rivers States on the deaths of for­mer Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Chief Ojo Maduekwe, re­tired Supreme Court judge Jus­tice Nikki Tobi and lit­er­ary icon Elechi Amadi.

The Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant to the Pres­i­dent on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity, Garba Shehu, said in a state­ment yes­ter­day that Buhari re­ceived the death of Maduekwe, who also served as Nige­ria’s High Com­mis­sioner to Canada, with pro­found sad­ness.

The pres­i­dent said in all his years of ser­vice to Nige­ria as a diplo­mat, min­is­ter, politician and am­bas­sador, Maduekwe was an ar­dent believer in the unity of Nige­ria and gave all to that pur­suit.

He said as For­eign Af­fairs Min­is­ter, Maduekwe’s re­lent­less call for cit­i­zen diplo­macy and Nige­ri­ans to be treated with dig­nity across the globe would con­tinue to in­spire other pa­tri­otic peo­ple to pro­mote a pos­i­tive in­ter­na­tional im­age of the coun­try.

The pres­i­dent also paid trib­ute to Jus­tice Nikki Tobi, de­scrib­ing him as a brave ju­rist who served Nige­ria cred­itably and brought his many years of train­ing, knowl­edge and wis­dom to the Bench.

Buhari joined the lit­er­ary and aca­demic com­mu­nity in mourn­ing Amadi “whose writ­ings and pos­tu­la­tions as a nov­el­ist, poet and play­wright in­tro­duced many gen­er­a­tions of the world to the vi­brant Nige­rian cul­ture.”

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