Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has paid a glowing
tribute to the late traditional ruler of Owerri, Eze Emmanuel Emenyonu
Njemanze, saying he was a monarch of candor and character, qualities that are
Mallam Garba Shehu, the president’s Senior Special Assistant
on Media and Publicity, stated this on in a condolence message to the family,
government and people of Imo.
The President said that the late monarch was an outspoken
traditional ruler who was not afraid of “telling the truth to power despite the
risks involved, especially when it concerned matters of public interests and
the wellbeing of ordinary people.’’
According to him, as an outstanding pharmacist with a public
service career that flourished till he ascended the throne of his ancestors in
1989, Eze Njemanze knew the appropriate use of power and the meaning of public
“This was why he did not hesitate to condemn the abuse of
public trust and highhandedness by political office holders whether during the
military or the civilian administration whenever it occurred.’’
President added that, "the Nigerian nation knew the
contributions of the late royal father to the peace that is common in the city
of Owerri and the support and cooperation that were mutual between Eze Njemanze
and his people of Owerri in particular and Imo State in general.
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“That enabled them to restore the dignity of Owerri as a
land of decency and character when fraudsters violated it and attempted to turn
it into a land of ritual killers and dubious men in the mid 1990s.’’
While praying God to receive the soul of the departed
monarch, the President urged the family he left behind and the people of Owerri
and Imo to mourn their late king with dignity and solemnity.
President Buhari said that the late monarch was a man of peace
whom it pleased God to reward with a long and fruitful life.
He, therefore, urged the Imo State government and the royal
family to ensure peace in the kingdom and to work for a peaceful, orderly
funeral and succession of the traditional ruler.
that Buhari cancelled his planned trip to Rivers State, where he was to launch
a programme for the cleanup of Ogoniland. He was represented by vice president
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