Governor Uzodimma consoles widows of late Eze Nnamdi of Aboh Mbaise
Sends Commissioner Ugorji on condolence visit; widows complain of abandonment and hardship; Ugorji drops support and pledges more on behalf of government
Governor Hope Uzodimma has consoled the widows and family of late Eze James Ndubuisi Nnamdi.
On Sunday, July 30, 2023, the Imo State Commissioner for Homeland Security and Vigilante Affairs, Dr. Ugorji Okechukwu Ugorji, led a delegation of government appointees and journalists to pay a condolence visit to the family.
The traditional ruler was murdered by unidentified assassins at his palace on July 18, 2023.
Nnamdi was the Durujiaku 11 of Nguru Nweke Autonomous Community in Aboh Mbaise LGA. He was survived by two wives (Ugoeze Emelda Nnamdi and Ugoeze Nkechi Nnamdi) and four children.
Addressing the family, Dr. Ugorji told them that he came in two capacities.
“First, I come as the emissary of Governor Hope Uzodimma. His Excellency directed me to come pay this condolence visit on behalf of his government.
“The late Eze was a traditional ruler, as well as an Ezeji. He was among those who honoured the governor last year at Iriji Mbaise.
“So I have come to express Governor Uzodimma’s empathy and compassion for the loss of one of us,” the Commissioner said.
Dr. Ugorji went on to say that he also came as a favorite son of Aboh Mbaise.
“I am the son of an Eze and I am Nwafor and Diala in Aboh Mbaise. Last year Ndi Eze of Aboh Mbaise jointly honoured me with a chieftaincy title.
“The late Eze (Mmirioma) was among the traditional rulers who were there and blessed me. So I have come to mourn a colleague of my father,” he stated.
Describing the late Eze as courageous and brave, the Commissioner said many people had discouraged him from coming on the condolence visit on account of fears over security.
“However, the business of governance in the state must continue in spite of the challenges,” he opined.
“I wish we were able to prevent this death, even as targeted as it appears. The death of any of our citizens is one death too many.
“But the governor remains steadfast and undeterred in doing all he can to keep Imo secure and safe.
“At the Ministry of Homeland Security and Vigilante Affairs, we run towards challenges and responsibilities, not away from them,” the Commissioner assured.
Ugoeze Emelda Nnamdi, the first wife of the late Eze, was the one who spoke on behalf of the family as others wept.
“You are the first government official to come. We feel abandoned by my late husband’s fellow Ezes and the Local Government of Aboh Mbaise,” the widow said.
“We thank you for coming. My husband left us with four children who are still young and in various schools.
“We don’t know what to do with the children or how to send them back to school,” Mrs. Emelda Nnamdi narrated.
“We are not even sure how to give Eze a befitting burial,” she added.
Moved by the words of the widow, Commissioner Ugorji assured the family that he serves a compassionate and generous governor.
“Let me know what you need. I will speak with my Governor. Help will be brought. Your husband, our traditional ruler, will be given an honourable burial,” Dr. Ugorji promised.
The Commissioner arrived at Nguru Nweke with a contingent of security officers and staff of the ministry.
He was also accompanied by the Head of the GLOs in Aboh Mbaise LGA, Mr. Odinakachi Nwarukwe, and journalists Okey Alozie and Vivian C. Iwu.
By Okey Alozie, Owerri