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Nigeria’s Only Surviving First Republic Minister, Amaechi, Dies At 93

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Nigeria's only surviving first republic minister, Mbazulike Amaechi has died.

Chief Mbazulike, who was the aviation minister and a prominent member of the Zikist Movement, died in the early hours of Tuesday in his hometown of Ukpor in Nnewi South Council Area of Anambra State.

He was aged 93.

A statement from the family signed by the eldest son of the deceased, Ezeana Tagbo Amechi read: "With total deference to the will of the Almighty God, Ume Amechi, Ezeana Ihinede families and the Umu Mmara kindred of Amihe Ukpor in Nnewi South LGA, announce the peaceful transition of our illustrious son, father, and grandfather, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi (Dara Akunwafor).

"Nationalist and first republic minister of aviation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who transitioned peacefully in the early hours of today, November 1, 2022.

"We thank God for the fulfilled life that he lived, the lives he touched, and his service to God and country.

"We respectfully ask that you keep us in your thoughts and prayers at this time."

The statesman who was popularly known as “The Boy Is Good” is known for his fearless criticism of the bad policies of the Nigerian government.

He recently led a delegation of prominent Igbo leaders to President Muhammadu Buhari, where he made a case for the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu to be freed.

Addressing President Buhari, Amaechi asked him to do him the honor of releasing the IPOB leader, as he would not want to leave behind, a southeast region that is torn apart as a result of agitation.

However, in an exclusive interview with Wazobia FM on Nigeria's 62nd Independence Anniversary in October, Amaechi regretted that Buhari reneged on the promise he made to him during the visit.

He was optimistic that Nigeria had a shot at redemption in 2023, given the candidates running to become the country’s next president.


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