Rest In Peace

Shared by Yahaya Ibrahim Zango on April 2, 2021
I read, with sadness, the news of the sudden death of my dear friend and colleague, Emma Ugoji on March 29, 2021. I have known him for 20 years, beginning from October 2002 when I was deployed as Protocol Officer to serve in the Office of the then Vice President Atiku Abubakar at the State House Abuja. Our friendship took off almost instantaneously as we traverse the length and breadth of Nigeria, and indeed the world, as members of the Vice President’s Advanced Party. Our friendship grew as our mutual service commitments shaped and bonded us together. We came to appreciate, respect and honor each other through it all. We were  looking forward to giving everything we have to our country and to each other. 
Emma may have completed his mission and fully delivered on his desire to give everything he had to the country he loves. But the task of making it the country he dreamed of is still to be realized. It behoves on us, his comrades-at-arms, to carry on from where he left so we can give appropriate honour to his memory. 
There is no doubt that we have lost a rare gem whose vacuum will remain gaping for a very long time to come. May the soul of Emmanuel Ugoji Rest In Peace with his Lord. We pray that Almighty God will forgive his shortcomings and grant his family, and all of us, his dear friends, the fortitude and courage to bear the loss. 

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