By Nuel Suji, Abuja.
President of the Senate Senator David Mark Tuesday described late Senator Uche Chukwumerije as a national hero who was a pan-Nigerian in all ramifications .
This is just as the family of the bereaved has fixed burial of the former Minister of Information on May 22.
Senator Mark told the bereaved family at Senator Chukwumerije’s ABUJA home that the late Senator was a nationalist and an unrepentant crusader for the respect for human rights and rule of law .
He remarked that late Chukwumerije was an astute, firm, fearless and a voice for the voiceless adding ” he was an advocate of the masses who stood for justice, equity and fairness to all “.
Senator Mark announced that the Senate has set up a burial committee to liaise with the family in order to give the erudite Senator a befitting burial.
The Senate President stated that Senator Chukwumerije was an intellectual of very high standing and a parliamentarian per excellence who contributed immensely for the success of the 5th, 6th and 7th Senate.
Senator Chukwumerije , he stressed was a patriot in every sense of it saying ” he left a positive legacy that the family , Abia state and the nation can always be proud of.”
Responding on behalf of the family, the eldest son of the late Senator , Chidi noted that his father was a great nationalist who love NIGERIA.
“My father was a voice for the voiceless and a defender of the oppressed. He was a true NIGERIAN and a proud son of Africa . His works in the Senate meant many things to him because that was the theatre where he articulated his dream for a better nation”, Chidi stated.
Meanwhile the family of the three term senator, has fixed 22nd of next month as burial date for him at his country home in Iguodo Isuochi , Abia state after funeral service at Wesley Cathedral Methodist Church .
A letter signed by the eldest child of the deceased, Che Chidi Chukwumerije and read on the floor of the senate yesterday by the Senate President, revealed that the burial Programme will start with a night of tributes on Wednesday, 20th May at his residence in Abuja to be followed with wake- keep on Thursday 21st May at his family compound in Ngodo-Isuochi.