Jonathan: Maduekwe Was A Nationalist; Elechi Amadi’s Works Helped Change Africa’s Story

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ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – Former President Goodluck Jonathan has lamented the death of Chief Ojo Maduekwe and foremost writer, Captain Elechi Amadi, describing the exit of both elder statesmen as a sad loss for the country.

The former President, who stated this in separate messages of condolence to the families of the deceased, emphasised that both men made significant contributions to ’s growth and .

Jonathan described Chief Maduekwe as “a nationalist, foremost administrator and intellectual giant who contributed so much to the task of nation building.”

In a statement issued by Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, the former President’s media adviser, Jonathan stated further: “In service to fatherland, Maduekwe, at different times, held critical leadership positions where he made significant contributions to Nigeria’s growth and the evolution of the nation’s democracy.

“He was urbane in disposition to politics and was blessed with an uncommon clarity of mind and thought which he freely deployed in the search for answers to the nation’s development challenges.

“Whether as a lawyer, politician or diplomat, Maduekwe was deeply committed to the of building national and international bridges, for which he will always be remembered.”

Speaking on the demise of Elechi Amadi, Jonathan
said: “Amadi was a renowned writer and patriot who served his fatherland meritoriously, through his literary works and exemplary performance in public service.

“As an author, his works helped change the story of a continent, by rendering accurate accounts of profound African and traditions as a counterpoise to inexact stereotypes.

“A man of many parts, Amadi equally acquitted himself as a soldier, educator and dedicated administrator who was committed to the part of
peace, unity and progress.”