Nigeria will remember Elechi Amadi as a legend - Semenitari
The Acting Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mrs Ibim Semenitari, has said that Nigeria’s literary icon, Captain Elechi Amadi, will be remembered for many things because his contributions to the development of the nation were legendary.
She was speaking when she led NDDC directors on a condolence visit to the family of the renowned author in Mbodo, Aluu community in Obio /Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State on Wednesday.
Mrs Semenitari described Elechi Amadi as one of Africa’s finest story-tellers, noting that he was known more for his academic prowess. “Apart from his literary skills, he was a man of peace and one of the greatest pillars of Ogbako Ikwere,” she said.
The NDDC Chief Executive Officer further said that the late Elechi Amadi was like a father to her and that his death was a big loss to many Nigerians. She declared: “The NDDC is here to honour one of our greatest heroes in the Niger Delta. It is important for us to honour a man that was a colossus in the region and one of the greatest Nigerian icons in literature. The story of Isiburu and other great stories cannot be forgotten. He straddled the arts and sciences and not many remember that he was a great warrior and a brave soldier.”
Mrs Semenitari said that Elechi Amadi was a consummate patriot, whose achievements in different areas of national life would remain indelible in the minds of Nigerians. She prayed that God should grant his immediate family the strength to bear the loss.
A senior member of the family, Elder Valentine Amadi, thanked the NDDC team for the condolence visit and remarked that the death of Elechi was a painful loss to them. He added: “Our late brother told us not to pay undue attention to money or material things of this world. He lived a humble and transparent life and he certainly left a very big shoe for us to fit into. We ask for prayers because we have lost somebody that is irreplaceable.”
The Chairman of Aluu Council of Chiefs, Chief Ken Nwobunwo, also thanked the NDDC directors for coming to commiserate with the family, stating that Elechi Amadi served the country to the best of his ability. He urged Nigerian leaders to emulate him and his virtues which were anchored on transparency and accountability.
Chief Nwobunwo recalled that the late Amadi joined the Nigeria Army during the civil war to ensure that the country remained united. “We are happy that the NDDC is standing by us to help give our hero a befitting burial. He is our own Mandela. He left a legacy for all Nigerians to emulate.”