By Christiana Ekpa
The Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) has expressed deep sorrow and pains over the demise of a civil society activist and attorney, Esther Uzoma, saying she remains a champion of credible and free election in Nigeria.
In a statement issued yesterday by the national publicity Secretary of IPAC, Agbo Major, the Council described the late activist as a voice for the voiceless, who spent her life fighting against gender based violence.
A statement by IPAC said “She was a woman of substance, dignity, integrity and nobility with exceptional passion for the enthronement of genuine democracy and good governance in Nigeria.
“A voice of the voiceless, Esther Uzoma was an embodiment of patriotism, a fearless advocate for inclusion of women in governance, who waged war against gender-based violence and championed for the conduct of inclusive, free, fair, credible, transparent and peaceful elections in Nigeria and also monitored the polls.
“Her death at this crucial period her activism is needed is a big blow to civil society organizations and all lovers of democratic governance.
“Our heart goes out to members of her family and all those affected by her departure. We pray to God Almighty to console, comfort and strengthen them in this period of bereavement.”
IPAC said although she died young, the Council takes solace in the fact that she touched numerous lives and contributed immensely in deepening democratic rule in Nigeria as an advocate, activist and philanthropist, praying God to repose her patriotic soul in peace.