By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu
Members of the Anambra State House of Assembly have described the news of the death of its Majority Leader and member representing Awka South I State Constituency, Hon Nnamdi Okafor, as a rude shock.
In a release signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Mr Emma Madu, and made available to newsmen in Awka, the Anambra State House of Assembly used the medium to notify the public of the death of one of her members and the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Dr. Nnamdi Okafor, who represented Awka South I Constituency.
‘Information available to us indicate that Hon. Okafor slumped and died in South Africa.
‘The cause of his death is yet to be ascertained as we await the autopsy result.’
Reacting, the Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Uche Okafor, said the news of the death of Hon Nnamdi Okafor came to them as a rude shock.
Rt. Hon. Okafor described the death of the Majority Leader of the House as a great loss to the legislative institution in the state, Awka Community and the state at large, and noted that the late Okafor was a knowledgeable and active legislator whose contributions, both in the legislature and in his constituency, distinguished him among his contemporaries.
The Speaker who spoke with uncontrollable tears, maintained that the State House of Assembly had lost a great, erudite and eloquent lawmaker in the person of Hon Okafor and posited that the deceased lawmaker’s short but eventful life and times were worthy of emulation.
Rt. Hon. Okafor, on behalf of the state lawmakers and the entire legislature, commiserated with his wife and the family and prayed God to grant the soul of Hon. Okafor eternal repose.