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Former Biafran propagandist, Sen. Chukwumerije dies of cancer



Senator Uche Chukwumerije, chairman, Senate Committee on Education, died on Sunday in a Turkish Hospital in Abuja at the age of 75 after a prolonged battle with lung cancer.

Elected into the Senate in 2003, he was a three-time senator that represented Abia North.

He served as minister of information in the dying days of the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida and later served in the same capacity in the interim national government of Ernest Shonekan.

Chukwumerije was also at one time t heDirector, Biafra Directorate of Propaganda and Director, Biafra Ministry of Information.

His son, Chika said he died surrounded by friends before his last breath.

“He has been an inspiration in ways I cannot explain,’’ Chika said.

Sen. Chukwumerije was rumoured to have slumped and died in 2014 after the legislator lost his return bid to the Senate in a PDP primary election.

The rumour was later described as the handiwork of “a few ungodly and irresponsible individuals.”

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