The President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, has described the death of Ambassador Chukwuma Bamidele Azikiwe 75, as a sad development and an exit of a great Nigerian who was brought up in the best tradition of national unity and genuine African values.
General Muhammadu Buhari, in a condolence message made available, on Tuesday, to the media in Abuja, said that “with the demise of Chukwuma Azikiwe, a gentleman has left a turbulent world.
“Ambassador Azikiwe was a thorough –bred Nigerian citizen who chose a private life after a distinguished diplomatic career in Nigeria’s Foreign Service. There is no doubt that it was Ambassador Azikiwe’s humane and refined qualities that made it possible for him to step into the big traditional shoes of his great father – Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe as the Owelle of Onitsha,” he said.
The president-elect said with the demise of the Owelle, he had lost a friend who cared for him and often found the time to visit at home in Kaduna.
While condoling with the Azikiwe Family, Buhari urged the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nna’meka Ugochukwu Achebe and the entire people of Onitsha Royal Kingdom to take heart and bear the loss with fortitude.
‘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.’
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