By Kalu Nwokoro Idika
The apex Igbo sociocultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has greeted the former deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu on his 59th birthday, describing him as an exceptional gift to humanity.
In a statement obtained by Elombahnews and signed by the spokesman of the group, Alex Ogbonna said that Ekweremadu’s quality representation has changed the face of several communities in Enugu State and beyond.
Ohanaeze added that the projected oriented approach of Ekweremadu made Enugu West Senatorial District to became a huge construction site in terms of road construction, rural electrification, dam construction, erosion control, bore-holes, health facilities, churches.
Ohanaeze however said it appreciates the rare qualities in Ike Ekweremadu.
The statement read in part, “We join millions of well wishers, both at home and in the Diaspora to felicitate with His Excellency, Sen. Professor Ike Ekweremadu,PhD, CFR, (Ikeoha-Ndigbo) the former Deputy President of the Senate and former Speaker, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) as he marks his 59th birthday on May 12, 2021.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo has watched with keen interest, amazement and admiration the political trajectory of this worthy son of Igbo Land; Chairman of his age grade in Mpu at a very tender age; Town Union President; Local Government Chairman; Chief of Staff to the Governor of Enugu State; Secretary to the Government of Enugu State; the only Five time Senator in Igbo Land; the only Three time Deputy President of the Senate; the Only Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament in Nigeria; the only Nigerian at the International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace; among others. Of particular interest is the audacity, sagacity and acrobatic diplomacy with which he secured the position of the Deputy President of the Senate from the ruling party in 2015; and a combination of intellectual prowess, parliamentary skill, wisdom and dexterity with which a PDP minority successfully presided over an APC majority in the National Assembly.
“Ekweremadu’s quality representation has changed the face of several communities in Enugu State and beyond. At a time, the Enugu West Senatorial District became a huge construction site in terms of road construction, rural electrification, dam construction, erosion control, bore-holes, health facilities, churches, etc. The people of Enugu East and Enugu North Senatorial Districts will remain grateful for Ikeoha extra-jurisdictional interventions in infrastructure, human resource development and core infrastructure.
“Ohanaeze appreciates the rare qualities in Ike Ekweremadu; in spite of his high station in life, Ikeoha typifies dispositional humility, character comeliness, moral edifice, democratic archetype, grassroots proclivity and marital exemplariness.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide led by Ambassador Professor George Obiozor validates Ike Ekweremadu as an exceptional gift to Enugu sate in particular and the humanity in general; and hopes that God will use him for higher and nobler exploits.
Happy birthday, Ikeoha Ndigbo and may the grace of God continue to shine on you and your family.”
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