We lost a leader in the late President Yar’Adua 10 years ago. When in July 2007 I led South East Senators to discuss challenges facing the region with him, he was surprised the South had no direct access to the world and he graciously broke the jinx by designating the Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu an internal airport.
He wrote his name in gold by creating the Ministry of Niger Delta in 2008 and pulled the amnesty deal in 2009 to restore peace, security, economic stability, and promote development in the region. I actually nominated him for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.
He didn’t win, but the world noted that he was a man of peace and justice.
May God continue to have mercy on his soul and continue to grant his fine, gentle soul a peaceful repose. Amen.
Continue to rest in peace, Sir.