Ogbonnaya Onu: We Will Immortalize Former ABIA Governor – Rt. Hon. Benjamin Kalu

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Press Release from the Office of the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Abuja

April 30, 2024

Onu, Eze projected image of Ndi Igbo- Reps’ S/East caucus

…We will immortalize former Abia governor -Kalu

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South East Caucus in the House of Representatives has eulogized the first civilian governor of Abia State and former minister of science and technology, late Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, saying he made Ndi Igbo of the South East proud in public service.

The same glowing tribute is also paid to the former spokesman of the Senate, Senator Ayogu Eze who the caucus said projected the image of the Ndi Igbo positively.

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The caucus spoke through the Deputy Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu who led its members and other prominent personalities and members of the Peace In South East Project (PISE-P) to the Abuja homes of the fallen leaders on separate condolence visits Monday evening.

Speaking at Onu’s home, which was the first port of call, the deputy speaker described the late minister as a decent, gentleman, who lived an examplary life, recalling that he projected the integrity of Ndi Igbo.

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A statement from the Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Levinus Nwabughiogu stated that while consoling Onu’s wife, Ma Chinyere Onu, Kalu said that the caucus will push for the immortalization of Onu in Igbo land through avenues such as Ogbonnaya Onu Lecture Series and Ogbonnaya Onu Leadership Awards.

He said that though he would have loved the former governor to tarry a while on earth, it was ultimately the Will of God to call him to rest at this time, stressing that no one can question the Almighty.

On a personal note, Kalu recalled that Onu gave his blessings to him when he was contesting for the office of the deputy speaker.

He said: “It is with heavy hearts, grief and sorrow that we came. It would have been nice if we had come to celebrate but God knows the best. He is the Giver of life. He’s a jealous God, I believe it was God that called him.

“It is with respect, love and unity that we came to pay the last respect to our foremost leader that projected the integrity of Ndi Igbo. From the beginning to the end, he lived an examplary life. He was a gentleman to the core, a very decent man.

“He earned his great respect from us. We have never gone on a condolence visit like this, in this number. We grieve with you. It touches me.

“I came here when I wanted to run for this office. He gave me his blessings. Incidentally, God has called him. He had gone to join father Abraham and others. The Bible says in all things, give thanks to God. Take heart. It is a loss for all of us.

“I remember his speech in the last convention. He said let it be on record. He made that point and it entered into the records.

“But we are glad he has raised soldiers in the leadership space. And I am one of them. One day, the dreams of our forefathers will come true and we will celebrate him. He is one of the Generals.

“I promise you that we are together in the South East caucus and we will support you. You will not be ashamed. He has given birth to sons and these sons will not forget you.

“We want to be a part of the burial committee so that we can make our input. We will reach out to our leaders. He lived a good live. But God called him. We will display our love for him through this burial and we will find a way to immortalize him in Igboland.

“In the Hall of Fame of the Peace In South East Project, his picture will be there. We will be considering Ogbonnaya Onu lecture series, Ogbonnaya Onu leadership award, all to immortalize him so that generations will continue to remember him.”

Similarly, at the Abuja home of late Senator Ayogu Eze who represented Enugu North Senatorial District from 2007 to 2015, Kalu who also spoke on behalf of the Caucus assured the deceased wife, Mrs. Nkechi Ayogu-Eze of their support.

He described the late Eze as a distinguished personality.

“He distinguished himself. He respected himself. He had integrity. We can’t question God.

“Your husband had a clean record. We want to identify with such a man. May this not happen again. When next we come, it will be for a celebration. But I think God needed him more. He confessed Christ even before he died.

“We are behind you. Please, during the planning of the burial ceremony, include some members of the parliament in the committee. We will like to be a part of the committee so that we can make our contributions in honor of our colleague. Let us show some solidarity. This also touches on the Senators from the South East.

“Let us see what we can do beyond the burial for the good of his works and the good image of Ndi Igbo that he projected. God will heal your heart beyond the words of men. There is still balm in Gilead. May God bring the comforter. We have no fear that you willl hold the family firm. May the Lord shield you”, Kalu prayed.

Both men died recently in Abuja.


Levinus Nwabughiogu, Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria

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