Chinese Ambassador writes to Governor Umahi
By Victor Nwegede
It is going viral, the farewell letter written by the out-going Chinese Ambassador from Nigeria, Dr Zhou Pingjian to Governor David Nweze Umahi appreciating the Governor’s excellent working relationship with him while in his diplomatic service in the country.
This was contained in a press release issued and made available to NATIONAL PANEL by Ebonyi Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, Barr. Orji Uche Orji.
According to the statement, the Chinese Ambassador expressed joy to Governor Umahi, commending his modest efforts channelled to make Ebonyi the frontier state in African countries in terms of human and infrastructural development.
The release hinted that, Dr. Pingjian in his farewell letter to Umahi dated 8th July, 2020 partly read, ‘”as the time of departure approaches, I feel so hard to bid farewell to you, and to leave Nigeria, the beautiful country where I have enjoyed my tour of duty since September 2016.
‘’I wish to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt appreciation to Your Excellency for the hospitality, support and assistance I have received during my tenure.”
Umahi has also acknowledged the farewell message through his letter dated 14th July, 2020, and stated that the out going Ambassador’s diplomatic tour to the country has mutually enhanced the bilateral relations of both countries.
I must confirm to you that your diplomatic tour to Nigeria has enhanced our bilateral relations. I am personally touched by the exemplary passion and zeal with which you rendered your diplomatic service to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“As I convey to you the warm appreciation of the government and people of Ebonyi State, please be assured of my love to you and your family always as you bow out in grace”, Umahi’s letter read.