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Coming on the heels of the death of one of their prominent members and an elder statesman, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide have openly urged President Muhammadu Buhari to try his best to actualise the last wishes of the late elder statesman, Mbazulike Amaechi by releasing Nnamdi Kanu who is the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
The Eastern Updates reports that the 93-year-old former aviation minister died on Tuesday, November 1, 2022.
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In November 2021, Amaechi had also led some other eminent Igbo leaders to Buhari, during which he requested Kanu’s release as a political solution to the unrest in the South-East zone.
Responding, Buhari had told his visitors that the request was a tough one, but owing to the age of Amaechi, the leader of the delegation, he would definitely consider it.
Reacting to the death of the elder statesman, the Secretary-General of Ohanaeze, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said Buhari should rewrite history by granting Mbazulike’s last wish of releasing Kanu.
A statement he issued reads: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has declared that late Pa Mbazulike Amaechi’s last wish to see Nnamdi Kanu released from incarceration can be achieved now he’s dead, let the news of his demise touch the heart of the President to accord the wishes of the last Zikist and First Minister of Aviation to release Nnamdi Kanu from confinement.
“President Buhari has the exceptional opportunity to rewrite history and Buhari’s best tribute to the late elder statesman should be the Presidential pardon and release of Nnamdi Kanu from custody, and we believe that Kanu will honour the bargaining agreement of Mbazulike Amaechi.”
Expressing shock over Mbazulike’s death, Ohanaeze recalled how the deceased protected the late South African President, Nelson Mandela in Anambra State.
The statement added: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo received the news of the death of Pa Mbazulike Amaechi as a rude shock, but we are consoled that he has paid his dues to Africa and Nigeria in particular. It was Mbazulike Amaechi that protected former South African President, Nelson Mandela in his countryside in Anambra when Mandela’s life was in danger in the 1980s; he has been at the forefront of intervention for Africans who are in danger over genuine causes and legitimate reasons.”
Urging the South East governors to take over the burial arrangements of the late Pa Mbazulike Amaechi, Ndigbo, the statement affirmed, will observe four market days of mourning starting from Wednesday, November 2, 2022, “in line with the established Igbo traditional rights to mourn outstanding men and women.”