In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor On Media, Sam Onwuemuodo, the Governor said Senator Chukwumerije had served the nation with a very high sense of commitment and responsibility, and had also dutifully served the Igbo nation.
He said that his death at this time would no doubt create a vacuum that would not be easy to fill both in the politics of the nation and in the life of the National Assembly.
The Governor expressed deep regret that the Abia State born Senator died when his services and his wealth of experience are mostly needed.
Governor Okorocha prayed God to grant the soul of Senator Chukwumerije eternal peace and grant the family members the fortitude to bear the loss.
Governor Okorocha was said to have received with deep shock the news of Senator Chukwumerije’s death.
He refereed to the former Information Minister, who died at the age of 75, as one of the illustrious sons of the South East and an outstanding patriotic Nigerian.