Nigeria’s Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has expressed grief over the death of two notable Nigerians, Captain Elechi Amadi and Ojo Maduekwe.
Captain Amadi, one of Africa’s finest novelist, poet and dramatist died at the age of 82 while Maduekwe, a former Minister who took charge of three federal ministries at different times and later served as Nigerian Ambassador to Canada and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was 71.
Senator Saraki described Mr. Elechi as ‘a literary giant’ whose impactful life would continue to be of immense educational benefit to Nigerians and the world at large. He noted that Elechi contributed greatly to national development having served in the Nigerian Army. He also extolled the virtues of Maduekwe describing him as a ‘social-political engineer’ whose exploits in the political landscape would remain evergreen in the annals of the country.
“Maduekwe was a brilliant, erudite and hardworking politician, a man of fine intellectual background who was not shy to take a position on serious national issues and would articulate the position to the admiration of both his supporters and opponents.
“It is most regrettable that both Elechi and Maduekwe left us at a time their intelligence and wealth of experience is needed to advance education, deepen our democracy and political culture,” the Senate President stated.
Senator Saraki also called on the families of the departed men to be comforted by the exemplary lifestyles of the late ambassadors of the country, urging the Nigerian Government to immortalise them. He also prayed God to grant their souls eternal rest.