President Muhammadu Buhari has paid tribute to civil society leader, Innocent Chukwuma, describing him as a credible voice of transparency, who died when the nation needed his services most.
“His demise will be badly felt because of his great contributions to our efforts to ensure transparency and good governance under our democratic system”, the president said.
Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media & publicity in a press statement said Chukwuma was working actively with the administration through the civil society organisation, CLEEN Foundation, to monitor the spending of the last tranche of $311m repatriated funds recovered from former head of state, Gen. Sani Abacha.
Extolling the virtues of the civil society leader, the President said he will be remembered for his remarkable record and dedication to the cause of good governance, transparency and accountability in Africa.
President Buhari extends heartfelt condolences to Chukwuma’s family and the civil society organisations in the country, praying God to grant the soul of the departed eternal rest and comfort for all who mourn.
In a related development, CLEEN Foundation, one of the frontline non-governmental organisations in Nigeria, stated that we are extremely saddened to announce the death of INNOCENT CHUKWUMA on 3rd April 2021. He was the Founder and Pioneer Executive Director of CLEEN Foundation. Until February 2021, few weeks ago, Innocent Chukwuma was the West Africa Representative of Ford Foundation.
Prof. Etannibi Alemika, on behalf of the Trustees and the Board of Directors, CLEEN Foundation, in statement said Innocent C. Chukwuma was a patriot who throughout his adult life struggled for a Nigerian nation where peace, justice, development and security are attained and sustained. He was one of the students within the NANS platform that opposed the arbitrary powers of military rule in the 1980s.
He continued the struggle as a staff of the Civil Liberties Organisation where he led research and advocacy on police reform. In 1998, Innocent Chukwuma established the Centre for Law Enforcement Education in Nigeria, registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission as CLEEN Foundation, which is now a leading NGO in the Policing and Public Safety Sector.
While we are extremely saddened at his premature transition to eternity, we are consoled by the legacy he left behind.
Our prayers, thoughts and condolences go to his wife, Josephine Effah-Chukwuma daughters and the extended family. The Trustees, Board of Directors and Staff of CLEEN Foundation will miss his imagination, compassion and humour. His legacy lives on!
Programmes on the celebration of his struggle and life will be made public as they unfold.