Uche Chukwumerije, the senator representing Abia North Senatorial District, Uche Chukwumerije, is dead, aged 75. He died “after a long but gallant battle with lung cancer”, the family said. Chidi Chukwumerije, who spoke for the family stated that “On the evening of Sunday, the 19th of April, 2015, surrounded by his family, Comrade Uche Chukwumerije passed into the open arms of history, and of our Lord Jesus Christ, the statement said.
“His life is many volumes, which can only be told with care and time, of dedication and focus, integrity and discipline, and an unbroken love for the highest ideals of our shared humanity.
“Details of burial arrangements will be announced in due course. We ask only for your prayers and good wishes.”
The senior Chukwumerije died on Sunday and his death has drawn strong reactions from his colleagues and other Nigerians.
David Mark, the senate president, in a statement by Paul Mumeh, his chief press secretary, expressed shock and sadness over the incident. Mark said “He (Chukwumerije) radiated intelligence, exemplary conduct in both public and private life. He was a team player, who brought meaning to hard work . He was focused and determined to make positive difference.
“Chukwumerije was a shinning light and a pathfinder. We shall miss him. No doubt he left a vacuum that will too hard to fill. He was a consummate and passionate Nigerian, who believed in the sanctity of the peace and unity of the nation.”
Mark’s deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, called the deceased “a patriot, who gave his best towards the peace, unity and development of Nigeria”.