The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has condemned the assassination of a former political aide to Goodluck Jonathan, Ahmed Gulak, in Owerri Imo State.
Naija News recalls Gulak was shot dead by unknown gunmen in Owerri, Imo State on Sunday while he was on his way to Abuja from Owerri.
Explaining details of how Gulak was killed, the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer, SP Bala Elkana in a statement on Sunday said Gulak didn’t inform the Police or any other sister security agency of his movement.
Elkana added that the cab driver who took the politician to the airport avoided the normal route where they were attacked by six armed bandits.
Reacting in a statement on Monday by Ohanaeze spokesman Alex Ogbonnia, described his murder as “a death too many because of the wrong signal it had sent to the general public”.
“The Igbo custom places a very high premium on the wellbeing and hospitality of a guest”, he said, adding that the host would even “pay the supreme prize in order to protect the life of a guest”.
The statement partly read, “Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by Ambassador Professor George Obiozor expresses great concern over the recent developments in the South East of Nigeria; a zone noted for peace, tranquillity, hard work and smooth economic activities.
“Obiozor is saddened by the death of Ahmed Gulak. He described Gulak as an ebullient and sagacious achiever, a detribalized patriot whose active presence was felt in any gathering.
“His enviable qualities helped him clinch the positions of the Speaker, Adamawa State House of Assembly and later the Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria. As a chieftain of the All Peoples Congress, Gulak was never on the sideline. He was a consummate politician.
“Our heart goes to the governor of Imo State, Sen. Hope Uzodinma who has remained in deep mourning since the death of Gulak.
“Our sympathy goes to the immediate family of Gulak and the good people of Adamawa State for this calamity. We pray to God to grant them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”