Former President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed shock over the death of his former political adviser, Ahmed Gulak, who was killed in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
In a statement on Monday by his Special Adviser on Media, Ikechukwu Eze, he described his former aide as a loyal public servant and dedicated patriot.
The former President described Gulak’s death as a painful loss and prayed that God would comfort his family and grant his soul eternal rest.
He was quoted in the statement as saying:
I received with shock the death of Alh Ahmed Gulak who died on Sunday, 30th May 2021, in Owerri, Imo State. Gulak was a loyal public servant and dedicated patriot who gave his all in service to his country. His death is a painful loss to me and many others who worked and interacted with him.
He will be remembered for his modest contributions to the growth of our nation’s democracy, especially his memorable days both as a skillful Speaker of Adamawa State House of Assembly and political adviser in our administration.
My deepest condolences to his family, the government, and the people of Adamawa state, who are bound to feel the loss of this eminent and patriotic Nigerian.
May God grant his family, friends, and supporters solace, even as I appeal for calm while law enforcement bodies carry out their investigations.
Gulak, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) died on Sunday morning after gunmen attacked a Toyota Camry cab conveying him and two others while on their way to the Sam Mbakwe Airport in Owerri to catch a flight.
According to the police, the late APC chieftain left his hotel without informing the command and other security agencies in view of the fragile security situation in the South East, and Imo in particular.
He was said to have left without any security escorts and while the cab driver took an irregular route to the airport before the gunmen shot at him at around Umueze Obiangwu in Ngor-Okpala Local Government Area of the state.
Hours after the incident, the police identified the assailants as members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)/ Eastern Security Network (ESN), adding that they have been killed.
“Three AK 47 rifles, one pistol, five AK 47 magazines with 92 rounds of live ammunition, and criminal charms were recovered.
“The driver who drove late Ahmed Gulak and a co-victim who survived have all identified the dead body of the IPOB/ESN members positively as their attackers and also identified the three vehicles recovered as those used by the attackers,” a police statement said.