Group Commiserates With Ex-Gov Nnamani Over Wife’s Death


The Association of People Living With Sickle Cell Disorder in Anambra State, has commiserated with a former Governor of Enugu State, Dr Chimaroke Nnamani, over the death of his wife, Mrs Nnenna Nnamani.
Our correspondent reports that Nnenna died on September 4 in Orlando, Florida, United States following complications from sickle cell disease.
She was aged 47 years.
The Coordinator of the group, Mrs Aisha Edward, told newsmen in Awka  that sickle cell patients in Anambra were shocked by the passing of Nnenna.
“We were shocked over the news of the demise of Nnenna at such a young age and were devastated the more when we heard that the lady was a sickle cell patient.
“We sympathise with the former governor and mourn with him, given that the deceased was one of us.
“In the same vein, we pray that this unfortunate occurrence serves as an eye opener to the society.
“If highly-placed people are not exonerated from the scourge of sickle cell, then there is a dire need for the nation to shake off their lethargic attitude towards sickle cell disorder and sickle cell patients.
“We need to stamp our feet and refuse the continued birth of sickle cell babies by selfish couples.
“We need to start supporting sickle cell patients in the life-long pains and sorrows which they have been subjected to without their consent.’’
Edward appealed to the former governor to set up a foundation for sickle cell patients.
“We use this opportunity to implore those in government in Enugu State in particular and Nigeria in general to do something for sickle cell patients in the country.
“Sickle cell laws need to be passed and enforced.
“Sickle cell maintenance clinics offering free or subsidised professional care to sickle cell patients need to be made ubiquitous in the country.
“Sickle cell patients need to be given priority and special consideration in job placements and skill acquisition programmes.
“If someone who is so highly placed like the late wife of Nnamani could still die so early, where lies our fate, those of us at the grassroots?
“Rest in peace Nnenna Nnamani. Rest in peace other unknown sickle cell patients who have passed on in Nigeria this month. God bless us all,’’ Edward said.