The Vice-President Namadi Sambo has described the death of Igwe Mathias Ekweremadu, father of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, as a sad loss to the nation.
The Vice President stated this at the weekend when he paid a condolence visit to the Apo Legislators Quarters’ home of Sen. Ekweremadu.
Sambo who was accompanied by Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State, Governor Idris Wada of Kogi State, and the Minister of Police Affairs, Navy Captain Caleb Olubolade, among other government functionaries, prayed for the peaceful repose of the soul of the departed and for God to continue to bless the family he left behind and give them the fortitude to bear the loss.
“We pray that the Almighty God will continue to give you the good health, wisdom and strength to continue your contributions to the development of our dear nation”, he added.
In his response, Sen. Ekweremadu expressed hope that the on-going efforts of Goodluck Jonathan’s administration towards enhancing security and power infrastructure in the country would yield dividends in no distant time.
“We understand clearly all the efforts you are making in the power and security sectors, and we believe that with the help of God, in a short while, we will see the manifestations of all your efforts and we also pray that the terrorist activities in the country will come to an end”, Ekweremadu said.
He expressed appreciation to the Vice President and the Nigerian government adding that the great solidarity shown at his moment of grief was a sign of leadership.
“I want to say that I am touched and feel so humbled by your visit, for I don’t think there is any greater honour any Nigerian would wish for at death,” Ekweremadu emphasised.
Also, the staff and Management of the ECOWAS Parliament led by the Secretary-General, Mohamesd Diakite paid a condolence visit to Senator Ekweremadu who is also the Speaker of the Parliament, describing the death as a sad loss for the Community Parliament and ECOWAS as a whole.