Family laments stigmatization for 20 years over negative narrative against father as former Anambra Governor Mbadinuju is laid to rest

As the remains of the former Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju was laid to rest, the family laments they were stigmatized for 20 years over bad narrative against our father. 


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The burial ceremony which was held in his country home, Uli in Ihiala Council Area was the culmination of a three-day long State funeral activities for the first Executive Governor of the State in the fourth republic.

In a solemn ceremony, the former Governor was laid to rest after an inter-denominational burial service held in his honour.

The ceremony was attended by Governor Chukwuma Soludo, family members, friends, and former colleagues of the former Governor.

A police parade led the body of the former into the arena, followed by the bible reading by the family.

Speaking, the son of the late Governor, Cheta Mbadinuju, a lawyer, described his father as a shining light they had in the family.

He conveyed special gratitude to Governor Soludo for the modest and fitting burial to their father.

He said, “For the past 20 years our family felt like there was a cloud over our heads as a result of the bad narrative peddled against our father.”

He asked the people to imbibe the lesson of not complaining about how bad a situation is and encouraged their people not to continue running away from their home but to look on the brighter side of life.

Musical tributes to former Governor Mbadinuju were offered throughout the service attended by former Governors Chris Ngige and Peter Obi, Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Somtochukwu Udeze, Ebonyi State Deputy Governor, Patricia Obila, Director General, South East Governors’ Forum, Senator Uche Ekwunife, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah, the member representing Ihala Federal Constituency, Dr. Paschal Agbodike, Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr Ernest Ezeajughi, members of the State Executive Council, among others.

Twenty-one gun salute was used to bid farewell to Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju who was Governor of the State between 1999 and 2003.

In his eulogy, Governor Soludo said that Governor Mbadinuju lived an impactful life and described him as a giant and appreciated him for all the great strides he bequeathed to his predecessors.

The Governor assured to sustain the positive legacies of the former Governor, pointing out that it was the best way of giving him a befitting farewell.

He added that he lived his life in service to others, and he never wavered in his commitment to making the State a better place.

Late Gorvernor Mbadinuju

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