The family of late Senator Uche Chukwumerije has officially announced May 22, as the date for the burial of the cerebral senator
The announcement is contained in a four-paragraph letter the late senator’s family wrote to the Senate entitled: “The Passing Away of Senator Uche Chukwumerije”.
The letter, signed by Chidi Chukwumerije, on behalf of the Chukwumerije family, was read on the floor of the Senate by Senate President David Mark on Tuesday before lawmakers adjourned plenary as a mark of respect for their departed colleague.
The letter read thus:
“With total submission to the will of God, I will like to use this opportunity to inform you Distinguished Senate President and all the members of this Distinguished Senate of the demise of your friend and colleague, Senator Uche Chukwumerije, the Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District in the 7th National Assembly.
“He passed away on Sunday, 19th of April 2015 at the age of 76 after a gallant battle with lung cancer.
“Senator Uche Chukwumerije was born on the 11th day of January 1939 in Ogoja, Cross River State.
“Senator Uche Chukwumerije has consistently played key roles in shaping the course and character of our beloved country. From his early days in the 1960 with the likes of the West African Pilot, the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation and the Daily Times right up to the time of his first election into the Senate in 2003, His life was dedicated to public service.
“Senator Uche Chukwumerije’s life and activities coincided with major movements in the Nigerian history. A three time ranking Senator in the 4th Republic, a minister of the Federal Government in the 3rd Republic, the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples’ Redemption Party (PRP) in the 2nd Republic, the Biafran Director of Propaganda in the Civil War and an ardent socialist, activist and political commentator in the 1st Republic.
“Therefore, with gratitude to God for a rich and remarkable life, we the members of the family of the Distinguished Senator humbly invite this Distinguished Senate to join us in celebrating the life of this great Nigerian”.
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The Night of Tribute will be on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at a venue to be announced in Abuja, Wake keep, holds on Thursday, 21st of May 2015 at the Chukwumerije Family Compound Ngodo -Isuochi, Abia State.
According to the burial arrangements released by the family, the Church service will hold on Friday 22nd May 2015 at Wesley Cathedral Methodist Church – Ngodo Isuochi Abia State.
Interment to follow immediately afterwards at Uche Chukwumerije’s Compound, Ngodo, Isuochi.
Mark said the late Chukwumerije would be given heroic burial. Until his demise, Chukwumerije was the Chairman, Senate Committee on Education.