How Senator Uche Chukwumerije died — Family

Sen. Uche Chukwumerije

The Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District, Uche Chukwumerije, is dead.

He was 75.

According to a statement by a family representative, Chidi, the Senator died on Sunday after a long but gallant battle with lung cancer.

“On the evening of Sunday, the 19th of April, 2015, surrounded by his family, Comrade Uche Chukwumerije passed into the open arms of history, and of our Lord Jesus Christ, after a long but gallant battle with lung cancer,” the statement said.

“His life is many volumes, which can only be told with care and time, of dedication and focus, integrity and discipline, and an unbroken love for the highest ideals of our shared humanity.

“Details of burial arrangements will be announced in due course. We ask only for your prayers and good wishes.”

Condolences have already started pouring in for the former Information Minister.

His party, the Peoples Democratic Party, said it was “deeply saddened by the loss of this great Nigerian, a highly respected statesman who has made immense contributions to the development of our dear nation.”

“Senator Chukwumerije lived a patriotic Nigerian and a brilliant lawmaker who gave his all and discharged his responsibilities with unequalled forthrightness, loyalty and commitment to the service of our dear fatherland.

“He was a democratic icon and an outstanding party-man who remained committed to the ideology of the PDP and the visions of the founding fathers.

“We will greatly miss him. Our hearts and thoughts go out to his family as we pray God to give them the fortitude to bear this great loss.”

In a statement by his spokesperson, the Senate President, David Mark, said “Nigeria has lost an erudite and extra ordinary nationalist.” .

The Senate President lamented that Mr. Chukwumerije was one of the brightest and fertile minds in the Senate.

” He radiated intelligence, exemplary conduct in both public and private life. He was a team player who brought meaning to hard work . He was focused and determined to make positive difference”, Mr. Mark stated.

“We shall miss him. No doubt he left a vacuum that would too hard to fill .
He was a consummate and passionate Nigerian who believed in the sanctity of the peace and unity of the nation,” the Senate President said.

Below is the Wikipedia entry for  Mr. Chukwumerije here.

Uche Chukwumerije (born November 1939) was elected a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in April 2003, representing Abia North Senatorial District.

Chukwumerije served as minister of information in the dying days of the military regime of Ibrahim Babangida. Chukwumerije served as minister of information in the interim national government of Ernest Shonekan.[

His son Chika won a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Uche funded his training.

His other son, Dikeogu Egwuatu Chukwumerije, is a writer and a performance poet. He also hosts the Abuja Literary Society (ALS)’s Night of Spoken Words. He has written books like The African American, One Nigeria: The Birth and Evolution of an Idea, The Revolution Has No Tribe: Contemporary Poetry on African History, Culture and Society Co-written with Azuka Juachi Okonji, Strategic Love: Simple Rules That Make Love Work and many others. He also did a tribute to the legendary Chinua Achebe titles ‘Nna Anyi, Is It True?’ after his demise. His writings can be found on dikechukwumerije.blogspot.com Dike is married with children.

In the Fourth Republic, Chukwumerije was elected to the Senate on the Peoples Democratic Party’s platform, but he fell out of favor with the party’s leadership when he opposed the Third Term Agenda. Chukwumerije eventually decamped to theProgressive Peoples Alliance in 2006, and was reelected to the Senate on April 28, 2007.

Chukwumerije is divorced with 7 children.Chukwumerije studied economics at the University of Ibadan.

Chukwumerije was reelected on the PDP platform in the April 2011 elections.


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  • GbemigaO

    Rest in peace

  • Scalywag

    End of an era. He was the Biafran Goebbles

    • newnigerian1970

      Biafrans were not Nazis, silly.

    • Datti

      He used to be a comrade until he saw the color of money. May he rest in peace, this typical Nigerian politician

  • Chief Larry

    What a loss to the country. Our leaders should learn from this that someday we all will leave this earth irrespective of our position and wealth. RIP Senator.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    A great Biafran Iroko tree has fallen. May he find peace !!

    • SEGE OF LONDON

      So you, how do u want to be remembered since u use fake names to comment on different online news platforms?

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        I do not care what happens after I pass,it’s not my business !! Lest we forget,is “SEGE OF LONDON” your ancestral name ?

        • onyi

          Rip

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Out of curiosity, Tawanda.

      Is there an Igbo word for Iroko?

      I may be wrong, but is Iroko not a Yoruba word?

      I will understand if you feel this thread is inappropriate to satisfy this thirst for knowledge, but please feel free to educate me on another thread, if you want.

      Thanks.

      • egoigwe

        The word Iroko has its origin in 19th Century Yoruba language. Its name originally Iro ko is in testimony to its supernatural powers and the spirit that is claimed to dwell within the wood itself. Its name urges the myth of the Iroko man. Superstition has it that if anyone were to see the Iroko man (presumably a manifestation of the spirit that dwells within the tree’s wood) insanity and death would be imminent.

        Its botanical name is Chlorophora excelsa and it is of the mulberry family. In some parts of Igboland it is known as Uko or Orji (Okosisi-giant tree) in other parts.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          @Egoigwe,

          I bow.

          Even I as a Yoruba could not have given you that info.

          Many thanks.

          • egoigwe

            You are ever so welcome my dear brother. For me, education will always be an open ended process. Stay well and be the best you can be always. Kindest regards.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        The iroko in Igbo is “orji”…….Any Igbo who goes by the name Orji means Iroko.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          Many thanks for this, Tawanda.

        • Guguru

          Tawanda,

          LOL. You actually used a Yoruba term in your sentence, Iroko? I thought you had issues with Yoruba folks, abi? LOL.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Iroko has been adopted by the English world hence it is found in English dictionaries.

          • Guguru

            Tawanda,

            When did this adoption occur? Iroko is a Yoruba word my brother. LOL.

  • Rosemary

    Rest in Perfect Peace Senator and May Light perpetual shine upon you

  • Rico

    He served Nigeria in different regimes, RIP.

  • citizenka

    A convinced and committed Biafran leader. May the good Lord grant him peace.
    Please this is the time to pray for his family not the day to remember his days with Abacha or IBB

    • Rico

      I thought he was a Nigerian leader, i don’t know he was working for Biafra.

      • citizenka

        Now you do.
        He was at his best as Biafra Director of Information and Propaganda during the civil war.

        • Rico

          For real? So he was at his best just for three years of his active life? Are you serious at all?

    • Naira

      Good riddance to bad rubbish. He was Biafran then let him meet Ojukwu in hell fire.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        @Naira, this is not right.

        Chukwumerije was not an evil man to warrant this uncaring statement from you.

        If you feel it is ok to write this because he has departed on the journey we are all bound to take at some point, think about the impacts of your words on their loved ones left behind.

        This is one of those moments when silence could be golden too.

        Please revisit and edit your comment if you can.

        Thanks.

        • Naira

          @ Kay Soyemi thank you so much for you wise advice. I will revisit and edit my comment soon. Redards.

          • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

            Many thanks, bruv.

            I am grateful for that.

    • Maria

      A biafran leader and yet a senator of Nigeria?

      • citizenka

        Yes with time everything is possible in Nigeria.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        You are absolutely right !! Biafra is presently part of the British colonial contraption called Nigeria .

      • Otile

        Maria, why do some Yoruba haters get hussy-feat at the mention of the Biafra?

      • Otile

        Maria, why do some Yoruba haters get hussy-feat at the mention of Biafra?

  • Chiotu Nnamdi

    He was an Igboman and a Nigerian.He was commited to his believes.He was not corrupt.

  • Chiotu Nnamdi

    Rest in Peace.comrade .

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Chukwumerije will have to explain to his Maker why he acted the way he did during the June 12 crisis. May his manipulative soul be condemned to he*l fire.

    • Jack

      You’re always a disgrace, I thought u were dead and buried but alas you are still here and as a Yoruba man am ashamed of your comment, even your handle is a Yoruba name but you’re far from being one, why can’t you allow the man to rest in peace? Are you God? Do you know how God judges? So shut it. Whatever Comrade Uche did, only God can judge him and may his soul rest in peace. I hope our newly elect president give him a state burial whenever he’s being buried or even Gej if the burial will be soon

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        Your father is a disgrace. I stand by my post.

        • Ola

          I think you need to be respectful even when online

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      This cynical Yoruba hatred for the Igbo is a bit inexplicable .

      • Guguru

        Tawanda,

        How inexplicable is it? LOL.

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          Dumb question !

          • Guguru

            Tawanda,

            Why is it a dumb question to you?

    • Rommel

      Comrade Chukwumerije was one of the greatest visitations that Nigeria has had in the entire existence of the land and people,He will be missed and we hope that Osiris will smile on him as he continues his journey to the great beyond

  • Progress CT

    “extra ordinary nationalist”? Uhmm

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    No one is perfect.

    I choose to remember him as a great Nigerian poet and writer.

    Adieu, Chukwumerije.

  • SAM .A

    Chukwumerije was a man of many parts , to the Ibos , a Biafra warrior & propangadist , to June 12 lovers a betrayal.
    He was a politician that had acted different parts both good & bad. Which ever way you look at it ,he was an erudite & enigmatic person,intelligent & outspoken . You have to read him to appreciate his intellectual capacity.
    We have lost a brother& a father.
    May his life RIP.

    • egoigwe

      Not to this Igbo. For me he was always the consummate Nigerian that stood with his people in their times of need and despair. A man that returned from the struggle and trenches to give all he had for the love of country and our common humanity.

  • Peter Duruchukwu

    Without Uche, The Great Repubilc of Biafra would have defeated before the stated went on holidays. Uche is a great Biafran, a believer of the Nigerian project where there is respect of one another including the respect and acknowledgement that the Biafrans have right of existence. Our great propagandist may your gallant soul rest in perfect peace

    • egoigwe

      A great Biafran and a believer of the Nigerian project all in one??? How does one become a great Biafran and a believer in the Nigerian project? Being Biafran is to cease to recognize or be part of that project called Nigeria, it is to renounce one country for another. May his soul find perfect peace.

  • dd

    Vanity upon vanity, all is vanity. Naked we were born, naked we will leave.
    If you like become Asiwaju of Lagos, naked you will leave.
    If you like call to concede election, naked you will leave.
    If you like be the president elect, naked you will leave.
    If you like be the one that is monitory president with letters and telling people how to rule like OBJ, naked you will leave.
    If you like be the mouth peace of APC or PDP, naked you will leave.
    If you like break the law, kill your friend and enemy, naked you will leave
    Nakedness upon nakedness, all is nakedness.

    • Rommel

      Its a lie,no such thing,while it is true that naked we came but on our exit,our deeds live on,some have achieved immortality what do you say about that?

      • egoigwe

        As for me, I say very well said my brother.

      • Ola

        @Rommel, dd has spoken the truth and you have partly said the truth based on human judgment. God is the Judge and everyone is naked before Him.

        • Rommel

          What do you know about God and his judgement?

  • me

    Saying bad words against him will never sort out anything or make you feel better. In life we all do something for some reasons, and we all see things from different perspective, which makes nobody in position to judge. For those of you saying his a bad leader, WHAT KIND OF PERSON ARE YOU WHEN YOU ARE ALONE? This a question everyone should give thought to. If you find the right answer, you will probably know what is right to say.

  • Nguper

    May God grant his family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss…May his soul rest in perfect peace…

  • Rommel

    Odogwu alaaaaa! Dimpka has exited our dimension,we celebrate his existence and wish him well and pray that he finds peace as he journeys to become an ancestor

  • OmoLasgidi

    For those who are clamouring “Rest In Peace” – can they intelligently explain how this relates to “Comrade” – how and where?