Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State on Friday joined other well- meaning Nigerians in paying tributes to the late former President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo , Ambassador Ralph Uwechue.
Uduaghan described the late Uwechue as a quintessential elder statesman that left his footprints in the sands of Africa and beyond.
A statement signed by Governor Uduaghan?s Chief Press Secretary, Sunny Ogefere said, the late statesman ?would have been of immense benefit to Nigeria, this period in our national history when the national conference is about kicking off.
?It is on record that the late Chief Uwechue was Nigeria?s first diplomatic envoy to France, where he opened the Nigerian Embassy in Paris, 1966 and also served in UNESCO in Paris as consultant on general history of Africa project between 1967 and 1970.?
Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu state also has expressed shock and sadness at the death of the former
Ambassador, describing the development as a big loss to the country and Ndigbo in particular.
Chime, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Chukwudi Achife, described Amabssador Uwechue as a respected diplomat and statesmen who played active roles in shaping the nation?s history and in the promotion of the principles of equity and equality among all Nigerians.