Ojo Maduekwe: Ikpeazu mourns, as Abia declares public holidays

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UMUAHIA (Sundiata Post) – of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu has said he received with great shock news of of Ambassador Ojo Maduekwe, a native of Asaga Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State.

a statement issued by Chief Press Secretary, Enyinnaya Appolos, described the late minister as personal mentor, confidant and father, stressing that him, and Abia State in particular has lost a great and worthy , adding that he one of the strongest pillars of administration offering invaluable advice and guidance.

The , who recalled last moments with Chief Maduekwe, said that he constantly in touch with the late ambassador even up until last weekend when the late Chief Maduekwe phoned in abroad to apologise to him for missing a meeting he (Governor) held with the Minster for Trade and Investment, Mr. Okechukwu Enelama; Abia State National Caucus and political leaders  Abia State last Wednesday in Abuja, saying he had to travel outside the country for a brief meeting.

The late Ambassador Maduekwe’s last official outing in Abia State with Governor Ikpeazu Abia North Zone Town Hall Meeting held at his native Ohafia where the late gave the vote of thanks and urged political elites in Abia State to distract him with undue financial requests.

The governor said although Ambassador Maduekwe’s was a national loss as he loyally served his country in numerous capacities, it is a particularly a heavy loss for Abia State as he was “one of our brightest products who distinguished himself in the various high offices he occupied for the nation.”

Meanwhile, Abia State Government has declared Friday, July 1 and Monday, July 4 as work-free days in honour of Ojo Maduekwe.

The governor pledged the support of the Abia State Government towards giving the late diplomat a befitting burial.

Chief Maduekwe died Wednesday t the age of 71.