By Christian ABURIME
The Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo has sympathized with the family of the Lawmaker representing Anaocha Dunukofia and Njikoka Federal Constituency, Chief Dozie Nwankwo over the loss of his father, late Boniface Okonkwo Nwankwo.
The Governor, in company of his wife, Mrs. Nonye Soludo participated in the funeral mass held at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Enugwu Ukwu in honour of the late Pa Nwankwo who passed on at the age of 83 years.
Commiserating with the Nwankwo family, Governor Soludo said that himself and his wife mourn the loss of the man who has lived long but a very impactful life.
“I have looked through his biography and quite frankly, he lived an exemplary life.
“We have come to mourn Late Chief Okonkwo Nwankwo and coincidentally, my father’s name is Soludo Nwankwo and he is 91 years old.
“Looking at his life, he didn’t just live but lived to matter, he lived an impactful life.
“He was given a Chieftaincy title “Ochudo” and I was also given a title “DikeUdo”. There’s lot of balance and similarities between both names.
“Anambra which is the light of the nation is also a light of peace and the forthcoming election will be peaceful, Anambra should emulate “ochudo”. That is the spirit of Anambra.
“Anambra is not known for violence! Rather, we use “court order” to fight our battles,” Soludo joked.
He informed them that the hoodlums who attacked Sen Ifeanyi Ubah’s convoy at Enugwu Ukwu have been apprehended.
“There’s no hiding place for criminals in Anambra. Our state is the light of the nation and must be safe and secured.
For Chief Dozie Nwankwo, the family is full of gratitude to families, friends, business and political associates who came from all walks of life to commiserate with him and his family.
“My father will always tell me it’s not about money. He worked hard and achieved lots of things in his life. He was a man of peace and goodwill and as his son, I’m proud to say he lived a life well spent,” the Lawmaker noted.
He told Governor Soludo he is impressed with the good news spreading in the state and commended him for his fight against insecurity that held sway in some parts of the state, just as he testified that under his watch, Anambra is now safe and calm.
Former Governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon Rotimi Ameachi encouraged Chief Nwankwo to form a closer bond with his wife and children in this trying time.
He prayed that the Lord Almighty give him the strength and fortitude to bear the loss of his father.
In attendance were the APGA Presidential Candidate, Prof. Peter Umeadi, Member representing Anambra East & West Federal Constituency, Chief Chinedu Obidigwe, Senator representing Anambra Central, Iyom Uche Ekwunife, Labour Party Senatorial Candidate for Anambra Central, Sen. Victor Umeh, Labour Party Senatorial Candidate for Anambra North, Dr. Tony Nwoye, top Government officials, Traditional Rulers among others.