Buhari mourns: On behalf of the Nigerian Government, the President has extended heartfelt commiserations to the Governor of Anambra state, Willie Obiano, the Ogbunike community in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State and the Umenyiora family over the passing of the monarch, Igwe John Ositadimma Umenyiora, Ezedioramma 1 of Ogbunike and Okpala Iguedo who was a symbol of humanitarianism, progressiveness and visionary leadership.
President Buhari recalls that His Majesty, throughout his 44 years on the throne, demonstrated his deep affection and love for the betterment of his subjects. He also added that the monarch was always working tirelessly all to improve the well-being of his people through education, commerce, economic empowerment and development.
The President recalls that a worthy son of Ogbunike, the Oyi of Oyi, the late Dr. Chuba Okadigbo was his running mate in his first bid to run for the office of the president of Nigeria in 2003.
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President Buhari encouraged the Ogbunike community, which has the location of the very famous tourist attraction, the Ogbunike cave in South East, Nigeria, to continue to honour the late Igwe Umenyiora’s legacy of commitment to peaceful co-existence, prosperity and harmony.
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As the community prepares for the last Ofala of the highly revered ruler who proudly showcased the rich Igbo culture, President Buhari prays for the peaceful repose of the soul of Okpala Iguedo, as well as the selection of a worthy successor, who will build on the achievements of the first Igwe of Ogbunike.