Sunday, 19 April 2015

Family Confirms that Senator Chukwumerije Died of Lung Cancer

Ogemdi Ozoemenam's photo.
According to the information reaching, the Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District, Uche Chukwumerije, has died of cancer at the age of 75.

The son, Chidi, in a release this evening says 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.”

Below is the Wikipedia entry for Mr. Chukwumerije here. Uche Chukwumerije (born
November 1939) was elected a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in April 2003, representing Abia North Senatorial District. Chukwumerije served as minister of information in the dying days of the
military regime of Ibrahim Babangida. Chukwumerije served as minister of information in the interim
national government of Ernest Shonekan.

Chukwumerije is divorced with 7 children. Studied Economics at the University of Ibadan, Chukwumerije was reelected on the PDP platform in the April 2011 elections.

His son Chika won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Uche funded his training.
His other son, Dikeogu Egwuatu Chukwumerije, is a writer and a performance poet. He also
hosts the Abuja Literary Society (ALS)’s Night of  Spoken Words. He has written books like The
African American, One Nigeria: The Birth and Evolution of an Idea, The Revolution Has No Tribe:
Contemporary Poetry on African History, Culture and
Society Co-written with Azuka Juachi Okonji,
Strategic Love: Simple Rules That Make Love Work and many others. He also did a tribute to the legendary Chinua Achebe titles ‘Nna Anyi, Is It True?’ after his demise.

In the Fourth Republic, Chukwumerije was elected to the Senate on the Peoples Democratic Party’s platform,
but he fell out of favor with the party’s leadership when he opposed the Third Term Agenda. Chukwumerije eventually decamped to
the Progressive Peoples Alliance in 2006, and was
reelected to the Senate on April 28, 2007.



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