Ex-Abia Guber aspirant, Eke mourns ex-Ohanaeze president, Joe Irukwu at 89
By Ifeanyi John
A former Gubernatorial hopeful of the All Progressives Congress in Abia State, Chief Daniel Eke, on Saturday, mourned the passage of a former President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, Professor Joe Irukwu.
Recall that the deceased’s son, Pastor Agu Irukwu had during the weekend broke the news on the death of his father to the Governor of Abia State, Alex Otti.
The late Irukwu died at 89 yrs-old and hailed from Item Okipi in Bende Local Government Area of Abia state.
The deceased was also the pioneer Managing Director of Nigeria Reinsurance Corporation and founder of African Development Insurance Company.
Earlier, Daniel Eke, a United States of America–based financial accounting expert, while reacting on Joe Irukwu’s demise in a statement on Saturday, said the deceased igbo leader left behind giants strides and indelible marks in public and private-driven administration and leaderships, specifically in Africa and Nigeria economic and business insurance.
He noted that the late Professor Joe Irukwu had played many significant roles in nation-building and advancing true democratic governance at all levels of leaderships in the country.
This, according to Eke, the deceased remained patriotic, committed and undeterred untill his recent passage.
“Late Prof Irukwu had always remained at the forefronts on the yearnings by his people from the southeast zone of igbo ethnic nationality to produce a President for the Nigeria federation. And while also alive, the Irukwu aligned with the fact on the people of igbo extraction to build bridges across the niger and get involve in national politics so as to allow southeast region produce Nigerian President”.
Describing late Prof Joe Irukwu as a authentic statesman and true nationalist per core, Chief Eke said that Ndigbo and many Nigerians of good spirits will missed impactful contributions and roles of the late foremost Octogenarian and insurance guru in the development of critical sector of the Nigerian economy.
He said that Late Irukwu died when his vast wealth of experience and visionary ideas are needed mostly, in the current effort by the government and well-meaning citizens to restore Nigeria on the path of economic greatness and infrastructural growths.
While commiserating with the late Irukwu family, the people of Amaokwe Item Okpi community in Bende Local Government Area, Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, the frontline Abia party leader also urged the immediate family to take comfort in the giant legacies left behind by the late Ohanaeze President general, as he reminded that God giveth and taketh life of a man.
Chief Eke however prayed God to grant the soul of the late Joe Irukwu eternal rest in his bossom.