The Anambra State Government has grieved over the demise of a famous businessman, Alhaji AbdulAziz Chibuzor Ude, who recently exited this sinful world.
The culture enthusiast, publisher and famous businessman passed away in Lagos.
Ude, born September 30, 1940 is a distinguished alumnus of the esteemed College of Immaculate Conception (CIC), Enugu.
He was the founder of Nok Publishers in the United States and here in Nigeria.
He died in his late 80s and was buried in his hometown on Friday.
The funeral rites made to follow the dictates of Shari’ah.
Mr C. Don Adinuba, the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment pronounced that AbdulAziz, a philanthropist would be missed.
The disclosure made by Anambra state government in a press released by Adinuba reads;
“The people and Government of Anambra State have received with sadness the news of the death two days ago of Chief Abdulaziz Chivuzor Ude, the internationally renowned publisher, intellectual, art lover. ”
“Ude is a pan Africanist, entrepreneur and philanthropist from Abor, Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State, who played a significant part in modern Igbo history. He died in Lagos in his late 80s, and was buried in his hometown in the afternoon yesterday (Saturday) in line with the Islamic injunction.”
Adenuba described AbdulAziz as a man of humility who practised egalitarianism in truth and spirit. His statement reads;
“He never discriminated against the less privileged or those who did not share his religious views. Even after converting to Islam, a result of his deep friendship with founding Guinean President Sekou Toure, a pan Africanist in his own right, Ude remained a big contributor to the welfare of priests and the church in his community. ”
“The government and people of Anambra State truly mourn the transition of this great Igboman, pan Africanist, publisher and intellectual. We mourn with the Ude family of Abor and the people and government of Enugu State. May Abdulaziz Ude’s noble soul find rest in paradise.”