PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has joined the entertainment industry, particularly movie makers, in mourning the passing to glory of the veteran filmmaker, Chief Eddie Ugbomah, who died at 78.
A statement issued in Abuja on Sunday Femi Adesina Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), said the President 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 ’70s to promote drama and movies.”
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The President expressed the belief that Chief Ugbomah was not only a gifted storyteller but a social commentator and an 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 affirmed that the veteran filmmaker, who served as Chairman of Nigeria Film Corporation in 1988, understood film as a veritable tool for communication, and used it positively for national development.
He prayed that God will grant Ugbomah’s soul eternal rest and comfort his family.