The governor stated that the late author is an international figure who used his literary works to shape lives and encourage people to embrace the tenets of development.
He said: “The Late Captain Elechi Amadi was a gift to the Aluu community, the Ikwerre ethnic nationality, Rivers State and the entire people of Nigeria.
“Personally, I benefited from his literary works as I drew lessons from the words of wisdom contained in them. Captain Elechi Amadi through his works helped shape the society “.
He said the state government will participate actively in the burial of the late author. He urged the people of the Ikwerre ethnic nationality not to localise or politicise the burial of Captain Elechi Amadi as he is an international figure.
He said: “We will do the best so that Nigerians will continue to remember Captain Elechi Amadi as a national hero”.
The governor stated that the late author is loved by the entire State. He noted that his legacy is engraved in the heart of the people.
“We have lost a father and a devoted nationalist. We are pained, but we must find consolation in his achievements. To the family, I urge you to remain strong as we share in your grief and we will stand by you”, Governor Wike said.
The governor signed the condolence register and interacted with the elders and tradition chiefs of Aluu community.
Responding, son of the late Captain Elechi Amadi, Mr Carl Elechi Amadi thanked the governor for visiting the family at their moment of mourning.