By Ibidapo Balogun
Senator Uche Chukwumerije from Abia State has died. He was 75
He once represented Abia North Senatorial District in the National Assembly.
He was elected in 2003.
According to a statement by a family representative, Chidi, the Senator died on Sunday after a long but gallant battle with lung cancer.
“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, after a long but gallant battle with lung cancer,” 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.”
Chukwumerije was very cerebral and effective in the Senate. At one time he was Chairman Senate Committee on Education.
Among his children is Chika who won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Chukwumerije served as minister of information in the dying days of the military regime of Ibrahim Babangida.
He served as minister of information in the interim national government of Ernest Shonekan during which time he led the propaganda to sustain the annulment of June 12.