Anambra Mourns Oscar Onwudiwe, Aka Ikenga President

 

 

Late Oscar Onwudiwe

 

The Anambra State Government has expressed sadness over the passage of Mr Oscar Mbanefo Onwudiwe, President of Aka Ikenga, the influential think tank of Igbo professionals and scholars in Lagos.

Mr Onwudiwe, 68, died after a brief illness in Lagos, perhaps of the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the Commissioner of Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba, his death is shocking to the Igbo world, coming days after the death, with coronavirus, of the well regarded former military governor of both Lagos State and the old Imo State, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu.

“The deaths underscore the ravaging nature of the virus in its second phase in Nigeria and the need to always comply with the precautions to check the scourge like proper wearing of the face mask, keeping of social distance of two metres and constant washing of hands with running water and soap for at least 20 seconds.

 

“Mr Onwudiwe was a senior lawyer with keen interest in public affairs and consequently developed a powerful sense of social justice. Of both Igbo and Itsekiri parentage, he was born and raised in Lagos and had close friends across Nigeria.

Adinuba said it was in recognition of his rare qualities, Governor Willie Obiano in November, 2019, appointed Mr Onwudiwe to the Anambra Vision 2070 Committee, the group of experts charged with developing a strategic plan to make Anambra State attain the status of a developed place within 50 years, as places like Dubai and Taiwan have done within a generation.

Former Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, a highly respected economist, heads the Anambra State Vision 2020 Committee.

Meanwhile, Governor Obiano and some members of his administration have spoken to members of the Onwudiwe family of Ifite, Ogbunike, in Oyi Local Government Area to commiserate them on the death of their illustrious son, Mr Oscar Onwudiwe, who left behind a wife, Mrs Maureen Onwudiwe, four children and four grandchildren.