President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday commiserated with the entertainment industry, particularly movie makers, in the passage of veteran filmmaker, Chief Eddie Ugbomah, who died at 78.
iDONSABI reported that Ugbomah was scheduled for surgery on Monday, May 13, before he gave up the ghost on Saturday afternoon in a Lagos hospital following a protracted illness.
“The veteran filmmaker died an hour ago at the hospital where he was scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday. Sad..but we totally submit to the Almighty”, Shaibu Hussein, a member of a fundraising committee set up for his treatment announced via his Facebook page.
President Buhari in a statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity said he condoled with family, friends and associates of the ace actor, director and producer whose contribution to the development of Nigeria’s film industry remains indelible, starting out early with studies and training in London, before returning in the 70’s to promote drama and movies.
“The President believes Chief Ugbomah was not only a gifted storyteller but a social commentator and activist, as the themes of his stage and tube presentations explored narratives that directly impacted on many lives and advocated better government policies and programmes.
“President Buhari affirms that the departed, who served as Chairman of Nigeria Film Corporation, understood film as a veritable tool for communication, and used it positively for national development.
“He prays that God will grant Ugbomah’s soul eternal rest and comfort his family.”