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President Buhari mourns late monarch

06 June 2016, 18:52

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 rare today.

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 office.

“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.

News24 reported 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 Yemi Osinbajo.


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