President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Nyesom Wike and others have sent condolences to the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, over the death of his older brother, Dede Amaechi.
The President, in a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, encouraged the minister to find courage in the legacies of the deceased.
“President Muhammadu Buhari condoles with Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, over the demise of his elder brother, Dede Amaechi.
“In this moment of grief, our thoughts and prayers are with the Amaechi family and people of Rivers State.
“President Buhari urges the former Governor of Rivers State and two-time Director-General of his election campaigns to find strength in the notable legacies of his late brother”, the statement said.
Rivers State Governor, Wike, in a statement signed by his Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim, described the demise of the deceased as a great loss not only to the family but the entire state.
He prayed God to grant the minister and his family the fortitude to bear the loss.
Also a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state, Chukwuemeka Eze, expressed shock over the death of Ameachi’s elder brother.
He recalled his meeting with the late Amaechi at the Brick House when the minister held sway as Rivers State Governor, and described him as a gentleman, unassuming, caring and a wonderful personality, adding that his death was a big blow not only to the family of Amaechi but to every member of the political family of the minister.
“Although death is inevitable to all human beings, the news is saddening, unfortunate and least expected, considering the criticality of the period where vultures are congregating to ruin the political fortunes of the Rivers APC,” he said.