Vice President, Namadi Sambo and Governors Emmanuel Uduaghan and Sullivan Chime of Delta and Enugu States respectively were among eminent Nigerians who mourned the death of former President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Ralph Uwechue, 79.
Uwechue died at the National Hospital, Abuja, Thursday afternoon.
They also included the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, former Secretary General of Ohanaeze, Chief Nduka Eya, his successor, Dr. Joe Nwaorgu as well as Brig-Gen Alabi Isama.
The President General of Iziu Anioma, the apex umbrella body of Anioma people among others described his demise as shocking and tragic, saying he would be missed by Nigerians, especially the Igbo.
Vice President Sambo said that Uwechue would be remembered as worthy ambassador of the country as he served meritoriously in his assignments, just as Chime expressed sadness at his death. Dr. Uduaghan lamented the death noting that Africa has lost a statesman
Also, Senator Ekweremadu, expressed deep grief over the death, saying that it was a big blow to Ndigbo and Nigerians in general.
On his own Chief Eya, described his demise as shocking and tragic saying the great Nigerian icon would be greatly missed by Ndigbo.
Uduaghanâ€™s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sunny Ogefere in a press statement signed on his behalf expressed sadness that late Uwechue â€œwould have been of immense benefit to Nigeria, this period in our national history when the national conference is about kicking off. The unity, progress and development in Igbo land were testaments of the wealth of experience the late Chief Uwechue brought to bear as President-General of the Igbo Socio-Cultural Organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo