A former governor of Imo State, Ikedi Ohakim has expressed sadness at the sudden demise of a former security adviser to the state government, Zeek Martins Nnadozie.
Nnadozie reportedly died on October 13, 2021 in his sleep at his residence in Owerri but his corpse which had swollen and started decomposing was discovered two days after.
Ohkaim, in a statement, described Nnadozie’s untimely passage as a personal loss “not only because he was a brother but also because of the shared vision which needed him to be very much around to actualize’.
According to Ohakim, the shared vision centred on the social, political and economic uplift of the people of Mbano clan, Imo State and the country as a whole.
He stated that Nnadozie performed creditably as his security adviser when he was governor, adding that one important role he played which would remain evergreen was coordinating the payment of arrears of salaries owed local government administrators prior to the advent of his administration.
The former governor said he would miss Nnadozie’s courage and steadfast pursuit of truth no matter whose ox was gored.
He asserted that Imo State has lost one of its most reliable and trust-worthy politicians, who acted as a bridge between the young and old, a generous man who went about his politics without bitterness.
Ohakim, who ruled Imo State between 2007 and 2011 said he had taken solace in the fact that Nnadozie lived an exemplary life and exhibited uncommon courage during his earthly sojourn.
His statement reads inter alia; “Zeek Martins served under my administration as my special adviser on security and performed extremely well in that capacity. One single role he played and which cannot be forgotten is in coordinating the rigorous exercise that enabled us clear several months of arrears of salaries and other entitlements owed local government councilors by the administration before ours.
“He will be missed for his courage and steadfast pursuit of the truth no matter whose ox is gored. Our dear state, Imo, has lost one of its most reliable and trust worthy politicians who acted as a bridge between the young and old; a generous man who went about his politics without bitterness.
“I am, however, consoled by the fact that he lived an exemplary life and I am further encouraged to accept this unfortunate development by the words of the late sage, Obafemi Awolowo, who said, “it is not life that matters but the courage you bring to it”.