Buhari mourns Ojo Maduekwe, Niki Tobi, Elechi Amadi

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the families, government and people of Abia, Delta and Rivers states on the passing away of former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ojo Maduekwe; retired Supreme Court judge, Justice Niki Tobi, and literary icon, Elechi Amadi.

A statement signed by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said Buhari received the news of Maduekwe’s passing with “profound sadness”.

“In all his years of service to Nigeria as a diplomat, minister, politician and ambassador, President Buhari says that Maduekwe was an ardent believer in the unity of Nigeria and gave all to that pursuit.

“As Nigeria’s Foreign Minister, the President affirms that Maduekwe’s relentless call to citizen diplomacy and for Nigerians to be treated with dignity across the globe will continue to inspire other patriotic people to promote a positive international image of the country,” the statement said.

Buhari also paid tribute to Justice Tobi, describing him as a brave jurist who served Nigeria creditably and brought his many years of training, knowledge and wisdom to the Bench.

The President also joined the literary and academic community in mourning Amadi whose writings and postulations as a novelist, poet and playwright introduced many generations of the world to the vibrant Nigerian culture.

“In paying homage to the Man of Letters, visionary and venerated elder who dedicated his life to values of peace, equality, dignity and the reading culture in Nigeria, the President believes that the passing away of Amadi is as much a loss to Nigeria and Africa as it is to the world.

“The president affirms that the outpouring of grief and tribute across Nigeria and beyond is a testament of the high degree of respect and acceptance Amadi commanded around the world.

“He prays that God will grant the souls of the departed citizens eternal rest and comfort their families, friends and admirers.”