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‘Nigeria has lost a rare gem’ — Fayemi mourns Arthur Nwankwo

‘Nigeria has lost a rare gem’ — Fayemi mourns Arthur Nwankwo
February 02
17:27 2020

Kayode Fayemi, governor of Ekiti state, has expressed sadness over the death of Arthur Nwankwo, former vice chairman of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO).

Nwankwo, founder of the Eastern Mandate Union (EMU), died on Saturday, aged 78.

In a statement on Sunday, Yinka Oyebode, the governor’s chief press secretary, said the activist’s death is a big loss to the pro-democracy family and the country at large.

Fayemi said Nwankwo is one of those who “defied all odds in the battle against military dictatorship which led to the enthronement of democracy in the country.”

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The governor sympathised with the family of the deceased, saying the former NADECO chieftain will be remembered for his firmness while making decisions, and his uncommon and analytical approach to complex issues.

“Nigeria and indeed the civil society has lost a rare gem. Dr Nwankwo loved his people and his country so passionately, he would do everything humanly possible to ensure their freedom and prosperity in a free, just and decent society,” he said.

“Dr Nwankwo left no one in doubt regarding his stand on Nigeria, especially the unity and progress of the country. He was a bridge builder, who worked with others to confront military dictatorship; an irrepressible advocate of good governance, rule of law as well as a just society.

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“We will miss the deep and insightful analysis of this great pan-Africanist on critical national issues, his courageous voice as well as his wise counsel.

“We are however comforted with the fact he lived an impactful life, made his mark and left a legacy of service and honour which will inspire many generations.

“On behalf of my family, the government and good people of Ekiti State, I extend condolences to the children and family of our dearly beloved Dr Arthur Nwankwo. His was a life well lived in the service of humanity. May God grant him eternal rest.”

The deceased, who wrote a column for TheCable, was one of those who refused to go on exile when the military regime clamped down on activists.

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