The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has condemned the gruesome murder of All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Ahmed Gulak by alleged bandits in Owerri, the Imo State capital on Sunday.
A statement on Monday by the spokesperson of Ohanaeze, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, described Gulak’s murder as “a death too many because of the wrong signal it had sent to the general public.”
According to the statement, the killing of the APC chieftain negated Igbo custom on how a visitor should be treated.
“The Igbo custom places a very high premium on the wellbeing and hospitality of a guest. The host would even pay the supreme prize in order to protect the life of a guest,” it said.
It added:“Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by Ambassador Professor George Obiozor expresses great concern over the recent developments in the South East of Nigeria; a zone noted for peace, tranquillity, hard work and smooth economic activities.
“Obiozor is saddened by the death of Ahmed Gulak. He described Gulak as an ebullient and sagacious achiever, a detribalized patriot whose active presence was felt in any gathering.
“His enviable qualities helped him clinch the positions of the Speaker, Adamawa State House of Assembly and later the Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria. As a chieftain of the All Peoples Congress, Gulak was never on the sideline. He was a consummate politician.
“Our heart goes to the governor of Imo State, Sen. Hope Uzodinma who has remained in deep mourning since the death of Gulak.
“Our sympathy goes to the immediate family of Gulak and the good people of Adamawa State for this calamity. We pray to God to grant them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”