Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, has expressed shock at the death of Ambassador Chukwuma Bamidele Azikiwe, the eldest son of late Nigeria’s first President, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe.
Atiku said in a press statement issued by his media office in Abuja on Tuesday, that “Chukwuma Bamidele Azikiwe epitomised the very best of the late Zik’s zeal and passion for a united Nigeria: he gave him a Yoruba name despite being of Igbo background and supported his pursuit of a career in Nigeria’s Foreign Service.”
The Turaki Adamawa noted that Ambassador Azikiwe belonged to the vanishing tribe of Nigeria’s core diplomats who steered the ship of Nigeria’s foreign policy during the difficult times of Nigeria as a frontline state struggling for the decolonisation of the African continent.
The former vice president condoled the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nna’meka Achebe and the entire Onitsha people on the sad exit of the Owelle and prayed God to grant his soul eternal rest.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
-Ex VP Atiku Abubakar on Restructuring.
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