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