Yahaya Adoza Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, has made his commiserated with the family of the now deceased Chinwoke Mbadinuju, a former Anambra State governor, who died in Abuja on Tuesday, 11th April.
In a condolence message to the Government and People of Anambra on Wednesday, 12th April, Bello described the loss of Mbadinuju as a big loss to Nigeria. His message was addressed to the bereaved family and friends of the deceased and was issued in Lokoja by his Chief Press Secretary, Onogwu Muhammed.
The statement read: “I am deeply humbled and saddened by the news of the death of former Governor of Anambra, His Excellency Chinwoke Mbadinuju.
“His death is a great loss to us all, and his contributions to Anambra in particular where he served as governor between 1999 and 2003 and Nigeria in general will always remain prominent.
“I hereby offer my sincere condolences to the people of Anambra, family, friends and associates of deceased and pray that the Almighty God grants them the strength and comfort to weather the difficult period.”
The governor said that he prays for divine strength to help the family cope with the big loss, assuring them that he shares their pain.
“As we mourn the passing of our senior colleague and elder brother, we must also celebrate his life, pay tribute to his good works, and pledge to emulate his ideals.
“Please accept my heartfelt condolences, and may the soul of the former Governor rest in peace with the Almighty God,” he prayed.
Mbadinuju, who was also former editor of Times International and Associate Professor of Politics and African Studies at the State University of New York, was described as a “visionary” pacesetter by Bello.
According to him, the late former Anambra governor tried his best to ensure the security of his people because he well understood the security threats they faced during his administration, and still he tried not to cause unnecessary fear while providing safety. All of his sacrifices and contributions on behalf of the statesmen as well as his remarkable impact on them will always be recalled, according to Bello.
He was married to Nnebuogo and they have five children: Ada, Chetachi, Nwachukwu, Uche and Chima.