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By Tony Nezianya :

Awka, July 18, 2019 (MOI) People of Ihiala in Anambra State have paid glowing tribute to Gov. Willie Obiano for his spirited fight to obtain justice for one of their own, Mrs Elizabeth Obianuju Ndubuisi-Chukwu.

Ndubuisi-Chukwu was murdered in her room on June 13 at the Emperor’s Palace Hotel and Conference Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, while attending the conference of the African Insurance Organisation.

An impassioned letter dated July 17, quoted by the Anambra State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C Don Adinuba said the leadership of Ihiala Progress Union (IPU), were grateful to the Governor.

``On behalf of the people of Ihiala, we thank Gov. Obiano for the onerous task he so far undertaken to ensure that the murder of Mrs Ndubuisi-Chukwu was not swept under the carpet.’’

An eight-paragraph letter, signed by Secretary-General Mr Emma Mkpo, a lawyer; President-General, Chief Okey S. Chukwu; and Board of Trustees Chairman, Mr Edwin Enwegbara, extolled Obiano.

 ``From the depths of our hearts for the excellent leadership you have demonstrated over the murder of our distinguished daughter, Mrs Elizabeth Obianuju Ndubuisi-Chukwu,’’ it said.

According to the Ihiala leaders, we read your two powerful and eloquent letters to both the Nigerian and South African authorities to ensure that the killers of our dear daughter are brought to justice, in spite of the rather nonchalant attitude of the police in Johannesburg.

The town leaders said, ``you wrote a letter to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, on July 9, 2019, asking him to personally wade into the murder, so that no one can capitalise on absence of a foreign minister in Nigeria now to derail the course of justice with regards unmasking those behind our daughter’s murder.

``And on July 12, 2019, you wrote a petition to the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria to get his home government to do the right thing immediately,’’ the leaders noted.

The IPU officials lauded Obiano: ``you could not have displayed greater responsive and responsible leadership. Every Nigerian identifies with your courageous stance and brilliant actions’’.

``Use your good offices to ensure that justice is served in the matter of the murder of Mrs Ndubuisi-Chukwu, Deputy Director General of the Chartered Institute of Insurance of Nigeria (CIIN), who was programmed to assume full leadership of the Institute early next year.

The Ihiala leaders, then, called on the governor ``not to relent until justice is done to the memory of this outstanding lady, wife and mother as all Nigerians will continue to support you every inch of the way’’.

The IPU letter, which doubles as an invitation to the governor for the burial of Mrs Ndubuisi-Chukwu on July 25, after a religious service at St. Silas Anglican Church, Ihiala,  noted that the construction of the famous Oluoha Okechukwu Road by the state government "will be completed in the next two weeks’’.

According to the Ihiala leaders, we are impressed with both the quality and speed of the construction by Tamad Nigeria Ltd.

``We are also delighted to note that you have directed that street lights be provided on the road immediately as well as on some other roads in the town which your administration is about to commence.

``Your Excellency, you are the first governor to ever complete a road in our hometown and the first governor to ever provide street lights in the entire Ihiala Local Government Area which comprises 10 towns. History will be kind to you.”

The leaders averred that apart from the welcome uplift by the Obiano administration ``Ihiala Town is still far from getting its fair share of basic infrastructure from any government in Nigeria’’.

They pointed out that ``the Nitel Road which leads to the home of the late Dr Bennett Ndubuisi, a famous public servant, educationist and father of Mrs Uju Ndubuisi-Chukwu, is in a terrible state’’.

While imploring Gov. Obiano ``to direct that the road be reconstructed, as it is impassable now’’, the Ihiala leaders added, ``it will be wonderful if you can graciously direct the Anambra State Ministry of Works or the Anambra State Roads Maintenance Agency (ARMA) to give it a facelift immediately.

The palliative would be helpful for thousands of people from all over Nigeria that would want to attend Uju’s burial.

The Ihiala leaders reiterated their gratitude to Gov. Obiano ``for the inspiring leadership you have thus far provided over our beloved daughter’s murder in South Africa’’.

And they urged the resourceful governor to ``continue to make all Anambra people proud through effective leadership. You can always count on our unflinching support and prayers’’.  (MOI)