Okowa, Atiku, Moghalu mourn as Obi Chukuka Okonjo joins ancestors

Okowa, Atiku, Moghalu mourn as Obi Chukuka Okonjo joins ancestors

- Reactions continue to trail the passing away of Obi Chukuka Okonjo of Ogwashi-Uku community

- Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has sent his condolences to the Okonjo family and Ogwashi-Uku community

- Former presidential candidates; Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Kingsley Moghalu, also described the late monarch with kind words

Delta state governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has sent his condolences to the Okonjo family and Ogwashi-Uku community on the passing of the Obi of Ogwashi-Uku Kingdom, Obi Prof. Chukuka Okonjo, at 91 years.

According to a statement by his chief press secretary, Mr. Olisa Ifeajika, on Saturday, September 14 in Asaba, the governor also commiserated with the Umu Obi Obahai royal family over the death of the highly respected academic, international public servant and an accomplished traditional ruler.

He noted that the departed monarch was a renowned professor of mathematics, who devoted his life and time to the promotion of peaceful coexistence and development of education in several parts of the world where he taught as a secondary school teacher, university lecturer, and international public administrator.

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The governor described the deceased as a world-class public servant whose love for education was unparalleled and accounted for the successes he recorded everywhere he worked.

“My condolences also go to his wife of 66 years, Prof. Kamene Okonjo and former finance minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and her siblings on the passing of their beloved father and renowned academic.

“I pray that Almighty God will comfort the family and grant the deceased eternal rest and reward his good virtues while he lived,” he added.

On his part, former vice president, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, stated that Obi Prof Chukuka Okonjo, “was a man of many parts. He left behind indelible footprints. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”

Similarly, former presidential candidate, Kingsley Moghalu, described the late monarch as “a great educationist, illustrious patriarch, good king.”

Chukuka Okonjo, the son of the late monarch has ascended the vacant throne.

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He was a former director at the World Bank and held several positions including the dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

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