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Tributes have continued to pour in for the deceased Chief Mbazulike Amechi, with Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu joining other well-meaning Nigerians and organisations to appeal to the Federal Government to release leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu who is still being held despite his discharge by an Appeal Court.
This is as Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu, described him as a nationalist and patriotic statesman who was committed to democratic virtues and good governance.
Mbazulike, unrepentant member of the Zikist Movement popularly called “The boy is good” passed on November 1, at 93, according to a statement by Ezeana Tagbo Amechi on behalf of his family.
Iwuanyanwu, who spoke to our correspondent on telephone regretted that the first republic aviation minister’s last wish was not fulfilled before he died.
‘Federal Government should obey the law. South East governors and Ohanaeze should work together to see to the release of Kanu. He has no capacity to overthrow Nigeria. His continual detention is not in the best interest of South East or Nigeria.’
He appealed to Anambra State government to have a monument to remember him for ever.
Kalu, in a condolence message issued in Abuja, yesterday, commiserated with the government and people of Anambra over the demise of the politician, who he said lived a purposeful life in the service of humanity, adding that his leadership qualities were extra-ordinary and worthy of emulation.
“I received with pain the news of the demise of first Republic Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amechi.
“The deceased was well respected for his ideology, which was anchored on genuine and credible leadership. He left behind good legacies for leaders to emulate.The late politician will be remembered for his noble contributions to humanity.’’
Kalu prayed to God to grant the former minister eternal rest.
Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State said he was an advocate of socio-political inclusiveness of the Igbo in the Nigeria’s political firmament as well as an apostle of equity, justice, and fairness.