Sen. Uche Chukwumerije, a former Chairman, Senate Committee on Education, is dead. He died on Sunday in a Turkish Hospital in Abuja at the age of 75.
He was a three-time senator that represented Abia North, following his election into the Senate in 2003.
Son of the deceased, Chika Chukwumerije, in a telephone interview, told Vanguard that his father died of lung cancer.
“We are trying to organise some things; he died at exactly 4.30 p.m., this evening.
“He died here in Abuja and was surrounded by his friends before his last breath.
“He has been an inspiration in ways I cannot explain,” Chika, an Olympics Bronze medalist in Taekwando said.
Chukwumerije served as minister of information in the dying days of the military regime of Ibrahim Babangida and later served in the same capacity in the interim national government of Ernest Shonekan.