Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan among other dignitaries graced the burial ceremony of the Atiku’s father in-law. However, Jonathan, Atiku and Governor Ihedioha had a few things to say at this occasion.
Late Chief Chukwuka Iwenijiora, father in-law of the former vice president Atiku Abubakar has been put to rest and his burial ceremony in Onitsha was witnessed by dignitaries across the country. Among those present were Governor Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State, Former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, Former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and his wife, Dame Patience.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan addressing the crowd, described the nonagenarian as “a man of great resources and compassion”
The burial ceremony which was held today 29th June was a major ceremonial appearance of Atiku Abukakar after losing in the 2019 presidential election as a major contender.
Goodluck Jonathan continued in his speech saying, “His unwavering desire to build human capital endeared him to many in his community and beyond. “His great accomplishments and dedication to work ethics inspired the younger generation, mostly in the academia and business world. He was committed to the unity of our beloved country and a tremendous gift to the South-East region”
Relating his message of condolence, Former vice president and PDP presidential candidate in 2019 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar eulogise his father in-law by describing him as “a patriot whose love for the country was immeasurable,”
He also added that the late Iwenijiora was always pained whenever something happened that threatened Nigeria’s unity.
Governor Ihedioha in his own speech said the late nonagenarian died as a great patriot. Adding that he made remarkable contributions to the unity and development of the country.
Ihedioha continued “But certainly, his ideas about public policies are still valid and could be helpful in the future”
Late Iwenjiora was a pioneer staff of the defunct African Continental Bank before proceeding to England for further studies. On returning from England, he joined the bank and rose to a managerial level before venturing into business. He is survived by 13 children, 28 grand children and nine great grand children
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