Eminent personalities and political leaders of Orlu senatorial zone on the platform of “Orlu Elders Council” operating under the able leadership of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Prof Francis C. Dike, have expressed their heartfelt sympathy and conveyed a condolence message to one of their compatriots, Chief Chime Nzeribe, over the death of his father and patron of Elders Council, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Benjamin Uzoukwu Nzeribe, Ekwueme 1 of Orlu.
The late educationist cum renowned political leader, who joined his ancestors at the ripe age of 96 years, will be committed to mother earth today, Friday October 5, 2018, in his country home, Santana Lodge, Awo-Omamma in Oru East LGA.
In a condolence message to the family, signed by the Secretary of the council, Prof Protus Nathan Uzorma and the National Chairman, Chief (Prof) F.C Dike (SAN), they recalled that the deceased was an accomplished trailblazer in Orlu, South East and Nigeria both as an educationist, community leader and politician, having been the founder of a Prime Comprehensive (composite) College, East of the Niger, established in the late 50s. the late B.U Nzeribe had eqaully served as the Deputy Speaker in the lower chamber of the National Assembly of the first republic whose advices and wealth of experience will be missed at this period of our burgeoning democracy.
The Elders stated in part that, as they together with the entire Orlu people, his students, beneficiaries and the entire Nzeribe family mourn his exit, they will continue to pray that the good Lord accepts his soul.
They also promised to keep aflame, the torch of unity, progress, development, education and civilization, he lit with his other contemporaries in Orlu zone and beyond more than half century ago.
The late Iroko of Orlu and Nigerian politics, was the founder of the Prestigious Community Grammar School (later Awo-Omamma Education Project), co-founder of the Awo-Omamma Community hospital, a strong pillar of the Catholic Church in Owerri Diocese, founder of several churches in Oru East and a papal Knight of St Mulumba, whose looming image spread across the states, the African continued and the entire world.
Similarly,prominent Imolites,especially the political class have continued to speak good about the Dr B.U Nzeribe who they described as one of the finest gentle men Nigeria has ever had in her history.