Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo social and cultural organization, has condemned the gruesome assassination of Ahmed Gulak by unknown gunmen in Imo State on Sunday.
A statement released on Monday by Ohanaeze spokesman Chief Alex Ogbonnia described his murder as “a death too many because it sent the wrong signal to the general public”.
Ogbonnia stated that the killing violated Igbo customs regarding how visitors should be treated.
According to him, “Igbo custom places a high value on hospitality and the wellbeing of guests,” adding that a host might even “pay the ultimate price to keep a guest alive.”.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by Ambassador Professor George Obiozor expressed great concern regarding the recent developments in the South East of Nigeria, a region known for its peace, tranquility, hard work, and smooth economic activities.
“Obiozor mourns the passing of Ahmed Gulak. Gulak was described as an ebullient and sagacious achiever, a detribalized patriot whose presence was felt in any gathering.
“His enviable qualities helped him rise to the position of Speaker of Adamawa State House of Assembly, and subsequently served as Special Assistant to Nigeria’s President. Gulak, as a leader of the congress, was never sidelined. A consummate politician, he was.
Our thoughts are with the governor of Imo State, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, who has been in deep mourning since Gulak’s passing.
Our condolences go to Gulak’s immediate family and to the comrades from Adamawa State who were affected by the calamity. “We pray to God for strength to bear the pain of this irreparable loss.”