Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has expressed sadness after receiving the news of the death of Ezeogo Anagha Ezikpe.
Anaedeoonline.ng understands that the deceased who reportedly died on Christmas day happens to be one of the state founding fathers.
Reports had it that Ezikpe died a few moments after he had slumped during a meeting of the Advisory Council. He was said to have been rushed to the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, but was later pronounced dead.
While hailing the deceased who is an indigene of Abiriba, in Ohafia Local Government Area of the State, Governor Ikpeazu said the medical doctor cannot be replaced, adding that people of his nature are rare to find.
Anaedoonline.ng understands that Ezikpe died at the Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia.
The elite was until his death the chairman of the Abia Elders Advisory Council.
Abia State Commissioner for Trade and Investment, John Okiyi Kalu, who spoke on behalf of Governor Ikpeazu, said a big pillar of support for this state has collapsed.
The government official noted that Governor Ikpeazu received the sad news of Dr Ezikpe’s demise through his first son, George Ezikpe.
He added that the information was passed while the Governor was receiving in audience a delegation of traditional rulers from Abiriba kingdom led by the Enachioken of Abiriba, HRM Eze Kalu Kalu Ogbu at his Aba Lodge.
Reacting further to the sad development, Governor Ikpeazu described the late elder statesman as his mentor who taught him many virtues during their meetings.
He said: “Ezeogo has no copies available, so where are we going to find another Ezeogo? Where are we going to find people that are so frank, so selfless, so transparent, so bold, so committed to the service of other people, the community, and the society?
“such people as Ezeogo are very rare to find and cannot be replaced. A big pillar of support for this state has collapsed”, the governor lamented.
Anaedoonline.ng understands that Ezeogo Anagha Ezikpe was born on 2nd February 1930, and was one of the founding members of the PDP in Abia State and also one of the founding fathers of Abia State.
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