The Senate President, David Mark, has expressed shock over the death of Sen. Uche Chukwumerije.

Mark in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Paul Mumeh, said Nigeria lost an erudite and extra ordinary nationalist.

He noted that Chukwumerije was one of the outstanding senators in the National Assembly.

“He radiated intelligence, exemplary conduct in both public and private life. He was a team player who brought meaning to hard work.

“He was a shining light and a pathfinder, who was focused and determined to make positive difference.

“He was also a consummate and passionate Nigerian who believed in the sanctity of the peace and unity of the nation.

“No doubt he left a vacuum that would be too hard to fill; we shall miss him,” the statement quoted Mark as saying.