… Prof. Charles Soludo, former CBN Governor to deliver keynote address.
…Colloquium to hold by 2pm at Federal Polytechnic Oko
While we mourn the exit of this icon of altruism and architect of development, we also have reasons all around us to thank the Almighty God for the gift of Dr Alex Ekwueme to us. Ide is a blessing from God to his people.
We celebrate Ide Aguata and we celebrate the life he lived which touched millions in most positive ways.
Ide initiated the building of Aguata Community Grammar School (now Aguata High School) the first Community owned school in our zone, less than three years of his return from Overseas study. He came back with bag full of academic laurels in arts, science and law. Ever since 1961, Ide’s imprint is virtually on every development in OAU, the Aguata Post Office, Aguata Civic Hall, Federal Polytechnic Oko, Federal College of Education (Technical) Umunze, Oko Community Hospital that served the entire zone shortly after the civil war, Pal Breweries that created thousands of jobs for our people, all the Federal Highways in our sub-zone have never received attention except on his intervention.
Ide established a Trust which today boasts of having produced graduates in the 45 Communities of Old Aguata in the 1960s and 1970s.
While we celebrate Ide Aguata for wonders God used him to do among his home people, we are proud of Ide’s accomplishments in the South East, nay Nigeria. Ide Aguata became Nigeria’s vice president before his 47th birthday, just nine years after the civil war and did a marvelous job of it. The personnel content of that regime, the emphatic infrastructural statements in the South East zone just then emerging from the civil war, are all eloquent pointers to Ide’s unparalleled patriotism. FUTO Owerri, Seaport and Metallurgical Training Institute both in Onitsha, the multi billion naira Lower Niger Irrigation Project at Ifite-Ogwari and Omor, Ayamelum LG, creation of Anambra/Imo River Basin Authority, Dualization of Enugu/Onitsha and Enugu/PHC Expressways, Onitsha/Otuocha/Adani, new 9th Mile/Obolloafo/Oturkpo, Oba/Nnewi/Uga/Arondizuogu/Okigwe roads, to mention but a few, all within 4 years!
At the national level, neither by might nor by power, but by sheer mental and intellectual prowess, Ide Aguata was able to leave his footprints on the sands of time. Was it at the 1995 National Constitutional Conference where his minority report gave Nigeria her present Six Geo-political Zonal structure or was it his formation and leadership of G-34, founder and first National Chairman and first Chairman, Board of Trustees of People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Who will know that Ide Aguata was the founder of today’s Ohaneze Ndigbo? Ide was a silent achiever, humble, unassuming, honest, consummate humanist and exceptionally cerebral.
Dr Ekwueme perfectly fits the mindset of Shakespeare when centuries ago, he wrote: *”the elements are so mixed in him, that nature will stand up and say, ‘here was a man’ ”
“Here was a Caesar (the great Ide Aguata), when comes such another?”
Ide we mourn you, we celebrate your life and times, we love you, we adore you and we say:
ADIEU IDE IGBOLAND, ADIEU, THE GREATEST OF THE OLD AGUATANS. MAY YOUR GOOD SOUL FIND REST IN THE LORD.
Prof. Paul Ifeanacho Orajaka (Chairman)
His Excellency, Emeka Sibeudu (Secretary)
Hon. Barr. Uchenna Okonkwo-Okom ( Co-ordinator)
FOR OAU COMMITTEE FOR BURIAL OF IDE AGUATA