President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Public Interest and Development Law (NBA-SPIDEL), Dr. Monday Ubani on the passing of his father, Pa Egbedubi Nwokocha. He was aged 101 years.

Pa Nwokocha died on January 3, 2022 in Lagos and will be buried at his hometown Umuosoko, Awomukwu, Ikwuano Local Government Area, Abia State on April 22, 2022.

Other notable persons who have sent condolence messages to the NBA-SPIDEL chieftain include Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State; Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State; Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State; former Governor of Abia State and the current Chief Whip of the Senate, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu; former Akwa Ibom State Governor and Minister of Niger Delta, Senator Godswill Akpabio; Minister of State for Mines and Steel, Dr. Uche Ogah; Senator Ike Ekweremadu; Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe; Senator Nkechi Nwaogu; Hon. Sam Onuigbo, NBA President, Mr. Olumide Akpata; African Bar Association (ABA) President, Mr. Hannibal Uwaifo; Chief Judges of Abia and Lagos States, some Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, former NBA Presidents and former Group Managing Director of Diamond Bank, Mr. Alex Oti among others.

In a condolence letter dated April 11, 2022 and signed by Mr. Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Buhari noted God’s gift of longevity on Pa Nwokocha.

Buhari stated that Pa Nwokocha left his footprints on the sands of time, gaining reputation as a man of peace, a philanthropist, dutiful father, public spirited individual, and a man of integrity.

Condoling Ubani who is the only son of the deceased and his family, the President urged them to keep the flag of the good works hoisted by their patriarch flying, knowing that in that wise, Pa Nwokocha would live forever in the hearts and minds of all who knew him.

Meanwhile, a group, “FRIENDS OF DR. MONDAY UBANI” has issued a statement on the forthcoming funeral rites for Pa Ubani.

Below is the full text of the statement.


Compliments distinguished Bar leaders and Colleagues. Many thanks to us all for what we’re collectively doing for our good friend, brother and colleague, Dr. Monday Onyekachi Ubani (MOU). Blessings to us all.

Here are some important updates towards the forthcoming events of 21st and 22nd April at Ikwuano Abia State.


a. From Umuahia
Awomukwu Ikwuano is along the Umuahia – Umudike – Ikwuano – Ikot-Ekpene Road. It is the last town before another community called Ariam. Look out for Umualo junction in Awomukwu About 30/35 mins drive from Umuahia main town. Road is in good shape.

b. From Uyo: Along Ikot-Ekpene Umuahia Road, after Ariam town is Awomukwu . Locate same Umualo junction and you’re there. About 27/30 mins drive from Uyo. Good road.

c. Coming by road : Umuahia is your best for hotel reservation.

c. Flying : Uyo airport is relatively nearer to Ubani’s place than assessing via Owerri airport. So you may consider hotel reservation in Uyo.

Hotels has been reserved at very discounted rates at Umuahia and Uyo cities. TONY NNAWIKE OBA OF NACO LOGISTICS IS IN CHARGE OF ALL HOTEL RESERVATIONS. See the Hotel reservations catalog as already published by NACO. You can reach him on 08069206814

Dr. Ubani has provided air conditioned Coaster buses to shuttle lawyers to and fro the events from their respective hotels, both at Umuahia and Uyo. For both the Lawyers’ Night of Tributes/Wake-keep on 21st and burial on 22nd . Expect more updates on bus departure points, time and route.

a. Night of tributes/Wake-keep – No dress code

b. BURIAL DAY (22nd)
WHITE ATTIRE FOR ALL LAWYERS is highly recommended.

Abia State is relatively safe. However, maximum security arrangements are in place to ensure the safety of all prospective guests at Ikwuano.

Once again I thank you all for being here. Let’s endeavour to attend the scheduled events to honour our own MOU and to make the celebration of life more eventful.

May God bless us all.

Okey Ohagba

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