Buhari Pays Tribute To Maduekwe, Justice Tobi And Elechi Amadi

Buhari, MismanagementPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday commiserated with the families government and people of Abia, Delta and Rivers States on the passing away of their illustrious sons Chief Ojo Maduekwe, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Justice Nikki Tobi, retired Supreme Court judge and Elechi Amadi, a literary icon.

“With profound sadness, President Buhari received the passing of Maduekwe, who also served as Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Canada”, a statement by President’s Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said.

The statement added that “in all his years of service to Nigeria as a diplomat, minister, politician and ambassador”, adding that “Maduekwe was an ardent believer in the unity of Nigeria and gave all to that pursuit.

“As Nigeria’s Foreign Minister, the President affirms that Maduekwe’s relentless call to citizen diplomacy and for Nigerians to be treated with dignity across the globe will continue to inspire other patriotic people to promote a positive international image of the country”, he said.

President Buhari also paid tribute to Justice Nikki Tobi, describing him as a brave jurist, who served Nigeria creditably and brought his many years of training, knowledge and wisdom to the Bench.

The President also joined the literary and academic community in mourning Amadi, whose writings and postulations as a novelist, poet and playwright introduced many generations of the world to the vibrant Nigerian culture.

In paying homage to the Man of Letters, visionary and venerated elder who dedicated his life to values of peace, equality, dignity and the reading culture in Nigeria, the President believes that the passing away of Amadi is as much a loss to Nigeria and Africa as it is to the world.

The President affirmed that the outpouring of grief and tribute across Nigeria and beyond is a testament of the high degree of respect and acceptance Amadi commanded around the world.

He prayed that God will grant the souls of the departed citizens eternal rest and comfort their families, friends and admirers.

Governor Wike Mourns ‘The Concubine’ Author, Elechi Amadi

Elechi-Amadi-Nyesom-Wike-RiversRivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has expressed sadness over the death of Nigeria’s Literary Icon, Captain Elechi Amadi.

This was made public on Wednesday in a statement by the Governor’s Special Assistant on Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu.

In a condolence message to the family, the people of Rivers State and the entire country, Governor Wike described late Amadi’s passage as a loss to the country.

He said that the contributions of the Literary Icon to the development of the nation were legendary.

The Governor added that his literary works promoted Rivers State, the Niger Delta region and the country, hence he would be celebrated by Rivers State and all lovers of literature across the country.

He said that Captain Amadi was a consummate patriot, a great literary icon, a soldier’s soldier and development enthusiast.

Governor Wike prayed God to grant his immediate family the strength to bear the irreparable loss, stating that his achievements in different areas of national life would always be remembered.

Captain Amadi, aged 82, was born on May 12 in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State, south-south Nigeria.

‘The Concubine’ writer was an author of plays and novels that were generally about African village life, customs, beliefs and religious practices before the Western world.

ICPC Boss To Sanitize Nigeria’s Higher Institutions

The Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has promised to sanitize the Nation’s educational Institutions, and for a start, by bringing to book 67 illegal Universities who have been operating in the Country.

The Chairman of the ICPC, Ekpo Nta made the promise in Calabar while presenting a paper on Corruption and National Security at the 22nd Annual International Conference on African Literature and English Language (ICALEL) at the University of Calabar, the Cross River State Capital.

The Chairman started his presentation full of eulogies for African literature by saying that, African literature had in the past been in the forefront of the fight against colonialism. Today more than ever, it must continue to throw its weight in the war against corruption and help democratic institutions develop.

Addressing students, Academic and non-Academic staff drawn from different universities in the country on Corruption and National Security, the ICPC boss said, Nigerians have continued to live in fear due to the worsening security situation in the country, a situation he blamed on corruption from various sectors of the economy.

He explained that, in shaping the consciousness of Nigerians, the commission is committed more than ever to promote ICATEL, with emphasis on the role literature and writers have played in enriching the fight against corruption.

Corruption, he added is responsible for underdevelopment, unemployment and the security threat which is ravaging some parts of the country, leading to the loss of lives.

The ICPC chairman said the commission has established an Anti –Corruption Monitoring Unit (ACTUS) in Ministries, Departments and Agencies, including Nigerian Universities to monitor corrupt practices, which might come in form of sexual harassment from lecturers, duplication of results, and unnecessary delay of graduates’ transcript with the support of the National Universities Commission.

The Commission believes that Corruption should be discouraged from primary schools, a step which the Ministry has taken by including this aspect into schools curriculum.

ICPC Prolific writer, Elechi Amadi, whose works were adjudged to have dealt sorely with the issue of corruption in the country, encouraged Nigerian ICATEL Students on the need to generate more ideas focused on dealing with the issues of corruption.

China Achebe’s novel No Longer At Ease (1960), Anthills of the Savannah (1987) and Wale Okediran’s Tenants of the House (2009) among others were the focal points used at this year’s conference which gives an insight into the evolution of corruption in the society.