Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has said the news of the passing of Professor Ben Nwabueze is a rude shock.
He, however, expressed relief that he and Nwabueze shared a refreshing bond.
In a post on X, Atiku described the deceased as a fine scholar who carried himself with excellence and had an avuncular mien.
“Notably, he served as the Chairman of the Igbo Leaders of Thought, a role that further underscored his dedication and commitment to his people and the nation at large.
“Through the enterprise of his intellectual acumen, Professor Nwabueze has added appreciable benefits to the growth of constitutionalism not just in Nigeria but globally.
“I fondly recall my encounter with him in 2018 in Enugu State, where he reminded me of the unfinished Nigerian project.
“I also owed him a deep sense of appreciation for turning up in appearance with the legal team that represented my interest in the litigation arising from the 2019 presidential election.
“I feel proud to describe the late Professor Ben Nwabueze as my kindred spirit.
“On behalf of my family and team, I express my condolences and adulations to his immediate family, the Ndi Igbo people, and also the people and government of Anambra State for the loss of their patriarch and for gifting the country with such a resourceful mind.
“It is my prayer that his adorable soul rests in eternal peace.”