Former Vice President and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, has described as shocking the demise of Christian Chuks Ehirim, the immediate past chairman of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, FCT chapter, who sadly passed away on his 50th birthday, Thursday, June 16 in Abuja.
"Chuks was a fair-minded professional, a conscientious journalist, a progressive democrat and committed nationalist", Atiku Abubakar said in a condolence message released by his media office.
Atiku noted that the late Ehirim was a frontline champion of democratic ideals who used the medium of mass communication to advocate his avowed interest in equity, fairness and justice.
The Turaki Adamawa said it was painful to learn that the man, popularly called "Eze-Igbo" by his peers, for his belief in the identity of the Igbo nation within the Nigerian entity, would succumb so casually to the cold hands of death after a long struggle to install the current government of change.
The APC chieftain recalled that Ehirim’s activism dates back to his students’ union days at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, from where he later joined forces with democratic forces to battle the military in the annulment of the June 12, 1993 elections.
Atiku condoled with the Ehirim family, NUJ and his employers, The Niche on Sunday Newspaper.