Former Senator, Chief Arthur Nzeribe, is dead.
He died at the age of 83. A family statement issued on Sunday confirmed Nzeribe’s death.
“While we are pained by this loss, we are proud of this African legend who distinguished himself in various fields, including sports, international business, and politics, and gave the Nzeribe brand worldwide acclaim,” said the family.
“We appeal to the public to respect the privacy of the family and the solemnity of this event to enable us to grieve in peace.”
The septuagenarian only had a domestic accident affecting his hip and was hospitalised in Abuja for 10 days, undergoing surgery.
Nzeribe represented the Orlu senatorial zone between October and December 1983 on the Nigeria People’s Party (NPP)’s platform in the Second Republic.
At the return of the Third Republic, he also represented Imo West between 1999 and 2007 as a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member.
Nzeribe was born in Oguta, Imo, on November 2, 1938. He is the Ogbuagu, Oshiji, Damanze Oyimba of Oguta. He attended Bishop Shanahan College, Orlu and Holy Ghost College, Owerri. He got a scholarship from the Nigerian Ports Authority in 1958 to study Marine Engineering in England.
“Indeed, his positive contributions to the political development of our dear nation cannot be overemphasised. He was a great political leader and great political scientist who touched the lives of many who came across him for good,” said a statement by the Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL).
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