Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime, has put to rest the death rumors that have plagued his vacation by releasing a statement on the death of late Governor Patrick Yakowa and General Andrew Azazi (retd) who died in a helicopter crash in Bayelsa on Saturday.
This is coming after the Governor has been rumored dead in an Indian hospital. The Governor, in the statement condoled with the governments of Kaduna and Bayelsa states, as well as the relations of the victims of the helicopter crash.
The state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Chuks Ugwoke, gave the statement on behalf of Governor Chime yesterday.
The release read in part: “As a peace agent who ensured peaceful co-existence among adherents of different faiths, governor Yakowa served his people with commitment and was an embodiment of humility and selfless service, which brought about huge development in Kaduna State. “On his part too, Gen. Azazi (retd) was a dutiful and gentleman officer and a statesman who served his people and nation with diligence and integrity.” The commissioner had on Saturday night when the rumour of the death of Chime was rife told Daily Sun that he was in touch with the governor, insisting that he was still enjoying his consolidated vacation, which began in mid-September.
Also, a close associate and former senior special adviser to Chime, Ben Alukwu has dismissed reports speculating the death of the governor, describing it as a cheap political propaganda. Contrary to speculations and media reports, Alukwu who was political adviser to the governor said he has been in touch with one of the governor’s aides, Mr. Victor Atuonwu, whom he travelled with; “I spoke with them yesterday (Saturday).
“When I heard the rumour I knew it was masterminded by some politicians, who cannot find their feet in the state, trying to distract us from the good work going on in the state. “As far as I am concerned, there is no truth in the rumour making the rounds; if there is anything like that, I think I should be among the first persons to know. He dismissed the reports as mere rumours being cooked up by detractors; “I strongly tell you that the governor is not dead; Sullivan Chime is alive. “Death is a natural phenomenon; it doesn’t separate a man from a woman; everybody must be ready to answer the call one day; therefore the news of someone should not be cooked up for whatever reason.
“The governor took permission and travelled; he handed over properly to his deputy, who has been acting and carrying out duties on behalf of the governor. There is no problem in the state; the security situation is wonderful and projects are going on. “The roads are being taken care of in all nooks and crannies of the state; all the contractors are working hard; the deputy governor is holding forth pending his arrival.”