Professor Chukuka Okonjo, father of former minister of finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has died at the age of 91.

In a statement released on Friday, September 13, 2019, the former minister said her father died in Lagos soon after he arrived from a trip to the United States and Ghana.

“We are immensely grateful that his last moments were peaceful and that he died the same way he lived his life — with quiet dignity.” 

“Daddy was an accomplished man on so many levels — a highly respected academic, international public servant, university administrator, intellectual and traditional ruler.

“He held: BSc Mathematics, London, UK; Msc Mathematics, Erlangen, Germany; MSc Economics, Erlangen, Germany; Phd Mathematical Statistics, Cologne, Germany.” Okonjo-Iweala said in a statement.

She said that her father “touched so many lives personally and professionally.”

“Having witnessed the ravages of war, he was committed to unity and peaceful coexistence of all.”

“From his marriage of 66 years to our mother, Professor Kamene Okonjo to his dedication to duty, he was exceptional.”

Late Chukuka was a renowned mathematician and was the immediate past obi of Ogwashi-Uku, Delta state.