The Minister of Transportation and Former Governor of Rivers State, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, at the weekend, paid a condolence visit to the family of Late Chief Lawrence .O. Amadi, where he insisted that the history of Ikwerre people cannot be complete without mentioning him.
Amaechi, said that it is on record that Chief Amadi was at the fore front of the emergence of an Ikwerre governor.
He recalled that Late. Chief. Amadi was a key member to the realisation of an Ikwerre governor, as they worked together as a team, adding that, he was among those who went to thank Dr. Peter Odili after the Court Victory as the Governor of Rivers State.
According to the Minister, “Late Amadi was part of the delegation that had a consultation with Dr. Peter Odili, and he was among those who listened to my piece of advice when I told Ikwerre people that if they continue to infuse fear on the people in Port Harcourt, nobody will support an Ikwerre man for governorship.
“Late. Amadi was among those who spearheaded that leadership and that is why I have always been on his side in every meeting we attended with him because of his courage and steadfastness” he said.
He commiserated with the family of Late Chief Amadi. In his words, “Let me say to you, sorry, and I am happy that your husband will be remembered. None of us will write a book without mentioning his name. Also, I doubt if Ikwerre will write a political history without mentioning Late Chief Amadi, when it comes to political Transition”
Amaechi further advised people to remember families of those who died,including the families of Late Ken Asokeh and the former Commissioner of Police, maintaining that the most important part is not just to put the man in the ground, but the welfare of the family and what happens after the burial.
On his part, Senator representing Rivers East Senatorial district, Sen. Andrew Uchendu in his remarks, extoled His Excellency Chibuike Amaechi, saying, “As a true and sincere friend of Late Amadi, I want to thank you for finding time to be here to pay this condolence, your visit here today has taken me back memory lane.
He further reminded the Minister, of the role Late Chief Amadi played as a great leader and as President of Ikwerre Development Association (IDA) for many years, adding that the seed Late Chief Amadi joined to plant many years ago are bearing fruits and will continue to bear fruit.
Speaking on behalf of the family, Mr. Ernest Amadi said, “It is good that a man is being remembered by his works. My father was a good man. He is loved by people because of his selflessness. He never does anything in anticipation of instant reward. That has been his nature. I wish and I pray to be like him.
“We appreciate you because you honoured him in life and you are also honouring him in death, that shows friendship. My father made us to understand that Ikwerre is important as well as Rivers State also. Your Excellency, I thank you very much. We are most grateful as a family that you could honour our family” he remarked.