…… Describes Iwelu’s death as shocking, heartrending and unbelievable
………Recalls his bravery when his boss faced threats esp by 5 out of 32 RSHA Lawmakers who attempted to impeach Amaechi…Recommends the need to immortalise him
Former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP) and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has commiserated with the Hon. Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, his immediate family and members of the Rivers APC, over the sudden demise of the Chief Security Officer (CSO) to the Minister, Mr. Tony Chukwudi Iwelu, who died in Kaduna on Monday.
Eze highlighted that Mr. Tony Iwelu the Delta State born Senior Intelligence Officer and the fulcrum of the Security architecture of Amaechi from his days as the Governor of Rivers State accompanied the Minister to Kaduna to felicitate with Governor Nasiru Elrufai on his 60th birthday died on Monday, February 17, 2020 at about 10.30AM of electric shock from a shower rose in Stone Edge Hotel, Kaduna where he lodged with his other colleagues .
In a statement circulated to media houses, Chief Eze said the sad news of the death of Iwelu came to him, members of his household and Media Team as a rude shock from which they are yet to recover.
Describing Mr. Iwelu as a gem, an unassuming, a friend, brother, gentleman personified, and a true professional and committed loyal Security Officer, the party chief said his death has caused deep sorrow to Rt. Hon. Amaechi, his immediate family, the entire Security circle in Nigeria, and particularly, members of the All Progressives Congress.
“Oh Death, you have through this, proved once again how cruel you can be. Coming to a young and vibrant gentleman, whose sacrifices and inputs in the political journey of Dr. Amaechi cannot be quantified”, Eze lamented.
“For the past few days, I have been feeling that a terrible event will occur to me. Although I have fasted and prayed, but little did I know that a true brother will journey home so early”, The party chief further wailed.
Eze encouraged himself not minding this great loss in the words of his fellow Philosopher and friend, Aristophanes, “Your lost friends are not dead, but gone before, Advanced a stage or two upon that road Which you must travel in the steps they trod.” And counsel Tony in these words, “Tony my brother, don’t feel lost wherever you are at the moment because we all your dear ones will sooner or later join you not to depart from you anymore so keep resting in the bosom of our father Abraham.
Eze said, Iwelu proved what a loyal friend and brother can be and that his principles and sacrifices in the Amaechism are enormous.
Eze recalled how CSO Iwelu risked his life for the safety of the then Governor, now Hon. Minister, when the notorious five Lawmakers of Rivers State House of Assembly after conniving with the powers that were then met and plotted to impeach Amaechi in a State House of Assembly of over 32 members. CSO Tony stood with other great minds to scuttled frustrated these agents of darkness from carrying out their devilish plots that would have scuttled our nascent democracy.
CSO Iwelu went further to display similar professionalism and commitment both at Ekiti and during the confrontation between the convoy of the Minister and that of Governor Wike few years ago.
“Alas! It is sad that when death came knocking through electric shock from a shower on 17th January, 2020, by 10.30am, you gave in without your usual fight”, Chai! Jesus Christ!!! Chief Eze wailed.
Eze recommends that the Associates of the Minister shouldn’t allow the death of this vibrant, honest, kindhearted, loyal and easygoing young man who was conscientious in the discharge of his duties and who executed his duties with utmost professionalism to go in vain. I therefore pleads with the Associates of the Minister apart from ensuring that his three children and wife are well catered for should further immortalise him by keeping alive his Tony Foundation which he established for the less privileged in his community.
While praying for a peaceful repose of his soul, Chief Eze asked God to give the Hon. Minister, his immediate family and the entire members of the APC the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Tony my brother, I love you every day but now I will miss you every day.
God bless your gentle and kind soul.