Presidential recognition for Chuks Ehirim as he goes home

Rafat Salami

Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Okechukwu (centre) at Chuks Ehirim's burial

President Muhammadu Buhari, has commiserated with the wife, children, family, friends and colleagues of Comrade Chuks Ehirim, the immediate past chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Abuja Council.

The president, who was represented at the burial by the Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, described Ehirim as an avowed believer in social justice, equity and by extension, the best tenets of democracy.

“He was a change agent, patriot and one of the few journalists who stuck out their necks during the struggle to reposition Nigeria, via the might of his pen,” Okechukwu said.

He also commended the late comrade for eloquently condemning corruption.

“He not only supported Mr President’s political struggle, but had an abiding faith that despite the hardship in the country,  Buhari will take Nigeria out of the woods. Therefore, we are beneficiaries of Ehirim’s uncommon patriotism and abiding faith in one Nigeria, “ Mr Okechukwu said.

On his part, NUJ National President Wahid Odusile, described the death of Ehirim, as a great loss to the country and pledged that the union would continue to uphold the virtues of truth,honesty and social justice.

Comrade Chuks Ehirim is also remembered as being a member of the Monitoring Committee of Internal Displaced Persons (IDP).

He also started a befitting four storey secretariat for the council in Abuja.