Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Monday, condemned the assassination of Ahmed Gulak by the unknown gunmen at Imo State on Sunday.
Ohanaeze spokesman, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, in a statement, described Gulak’s killing as “a death too many because of the wrong signal it had sent to the general public.”
He stated that Gulak’s killing negated Igbo custom on the treatment of a visitor.
Ogbonnia said, “The Igbo custom places a very high premium on the wellbeing and hospitality of a guest”, adding that the host would even “pay the supreme prize in order to protect the life of a guest.”
Ohanaeze’s statement partly read, “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 side lines. 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.”