– Bukola Saraki has expressed grief over the death of Matthias Ekweremadu, the brother of Ike Ekweremadu
– Matthias, who passed on on Thursday, February 4, was the commissioner for transportation in Enugu
– Saraki prayed for strength to bear the loss both for the bereaved family and the government of the state
A one-time Senate president of Nigeria, Bukola Saraki, has sent his condolences to his former deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, over the death of the latter’s brother, Matthias.
Matthias, who was the commissioner for transportation in Enugu, died on Thursday, February 4.
Saraki, on his Twitter page on Friday, February 5, described the late brother of his colleague as a public servant who served his people with distinction.
“Sending my heartfelt condolences to my friend and brother, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, on the death of his brother, the commissioner for transportation of Enugu state, Chief Mathias Ekweremadu, who passed away yesterday.
“It is my prayer that Almighty God grants Senator Ekweremadu, his family, and the government and people of Enugu state solace as they mourn the passing of Chief Mathias, who was a passionate public servant that served his people at various levels with distinction.”
Earlier, Enugu state was thrown into mourning after Mathias died suddenly on Thursday.
The politician slumped and died during a meeting with members of the state House of Assembly committee on transport.
Mathias is said to be the cousin of the former deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu.
A close family member who spoke anonymously said the politician was rushed to the Niger Foundation Hospital where he was confirmed dead.
The death of the official came as a surprise to sympathisers who trooped to his house at Nawfia Street, Independence Layout, Enugu to comfort his family.
The state government was yet to make an official pronouncement on the death on February 4.
In another news, an elder statesman, Jethro Akun, who once served as the interim deputy governor of Plateau state died at the age of 76.
Akun died on Thursday, morning, February 4, after a brief illness. Prior to his death, the politician was a key member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Plateau state government in a statement confirmed the demise of the ex-deputy governor. To health news, the Nigerian government has warned that there is a great danger that a lot of citizens could fall ill and die if they reject the COVID-19 vaccine.