The 2019 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to the death of Prof. Chukwuka Okonjo, who happens to be the father of Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
The death of Prof Okonjo, 91, was announced in a statement which was released by Okonjo-Iweala’s spokesperson, Paul Nwabuikwu.
Professor Chukwuka died in Lagos after his arrival from a trip to the United States of America.
The statement signed Mrs Okonjo-Iweala read:
“On behalf of my siblings and relatives of the Umu Obi Obahai Royal Family of Ogwashi-Uku, I announce the passing of my father, Obi Professor Chukuka Okonjo, the immediate past Obi of Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State at the age of 91.
“He died in Lagos soon after he arrived from a trip to the United States of America and Ghana. We are immensely grateful that his last moments were peaceful and that he died the same way he lived his life – with quiet dignity.
“Daddy was an accomplished man on so many levels – a highly respected academic, international public servant, university administrator, intellectual and traditional ruler.
“He held: BSc Mathematics, London, UK; Msc Mathematics, Erlangen, Germany; MSc Economics, Erlangen, Germany; Phd Mathematical Statistics, Cologne, Germany.”
Reacting to the death, Atiku Abubakar tweeted on his Twitter handle on Friday. He wrote;
“Obi Prof Chukuka Okonjo, immediate past Obi of Ogwashi-Ukwu, Delta State, was a man of many parts. He left behind indelible footprints.
“On behalf of my family, I condole with Dr (Mrs) @NOIweala on the loss of her dear father. May his soul rest in eternal peace.”