—Extols the Virtues of the Late Community Leader and Philanthropist.

President Muhammadu Buhari has described Late Chief Ignatius Nwobi Akobundu as a lover of education, who used his personal resources to further the course of development of many in his native community and across Imo State in general.

In a release signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, which was made available to the daughter of the deceased at NEPAD Nigeria, Monday, aPresident Buhari who expressed sadness on the passing of the Late Community Leader, said he was optimistic that Pa Akobundu’s children would take over from where the renowned philanthropist stopped.

The President called on the Akobundu family to bear the loss of their Late Patriarch with all joy, knowing that he lived a life that was worthy of emulation.

Meanwhile, more tributes have continued to pour in for the Late Chief Akobundu, who died in October. Among the latest sympathisers is the Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt.Hon. Yakubu Dogara, who descried the death of the renowned sports promoter as a loss to the Nigerian nation. He said the death came at a time the nation would have benefitted immensely from his outstanding wisdom.

For Senators Hope Uzodinma, Aduda and Shehu Sani, Pa Akobundu’s demise created a vacuum which cannot be filled. The lawmakers, nonetheless, urged the deceased’s family to see the loss of their loved one as one of those sad realities of life that awaits every mortal, while encouraging them to take solace in the noble life their father lived, including the laudable legacies he left behind.

Chief Ignatius Nwobi Akobundu, father of Princess Gloria Akobundu, CEO, NEPAD Nigeria, died on Wednesday, October 11 this year after a brief illness in Owerri, Imo State at the age of 77. He will be buried on Saturday, December 16th at his Country Home in Umuoparaoma, Ibeme-Ugiri in Isiala-Mbano LGA of Imo State.