Innocent Chukwuma : A Patriotic Nigerian, Gone Too Soon

We are dust and to dust we shall return. But this season of untimely deaths has got to stop, our emotions are running wild, before we can process a loss, another one happens. Lord have mercy on us.


I woke up on Easter Sunday to the news of the demise of our Oga ( boss) Innocent C. Chukwuma, and still can’t can’t believe it, hope it’s a lie but know this is the life we live here on earth: as each minute ticks…..death is certain.

I met Oga Innocent in 1994, at a small get together of comrades in Lagos. He was part of the interview panel that employed me and other colleagues as staff of the Transition Monitoring Group Secretariat in May 2002.

And so, I had the privilege of working with him as Treasuer and later Chair of the Transition Monitoring Group and Board Chair of Alliance for Credible Elections. 

I learnt a lot under his tutelage. He was so supportive, committed, self less and gave us all the guidance we needed to move TMG forward. He truly understood what it meant to be a board member of a coalition, it meant a call to service and patriotism to him, little wonder we achieved so much during his tenure. 

He was no doubt a great mind, and his death is a loss, not only to his family and Nigeria, but the international community.

I pray our good Lord consoles and strengthens his wife, Josephine Effah-Chukwuma, his daughters and extended family. May perpetual light continue to shine upon his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed.Amen.