The lead counsel to the Indigenous People of Biafra, Barr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, has expressed sadness over the death of Chief Mbazulike Amechi, who died earlier today at 93.
Mbazurike, it would be recalled, led the Ohanaeze delegation to President Muhammad Buhari for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, a plea Buhari accepted but later said the court would decide Kanu’s case.
Ejiofor’s tribute to Amechi reads, “This morning, we received with heavy heart, the news of the passing on to glory of late Chief Dunu Mbazulike Amaechi, the first Republic Minister of Aviation. We could not immediately release a message because we needed time to process the news and confer with his family.
“Death is an inevitable end, but our prayer is to be ready when it comes. Most importantly is to leave memories behind that will be remembered with kindness by posterity.
“The late Chief Dunu Mbazulike Amaechi was an intentional man, who understood and shared in the struggles of our people, and most recently to remember was his last wish, as he, in genuflection, begged the stone-hearted audience, “for the release of his ‘SON’ Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu”. Papa further solicited for the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) to release Onyendu to him personally, by assuring the defiant Establishment that he will make Onyendu available any time he is needed.
“This solemn plea was copiously contained in Papa’s thought-provoking letter to President Muhammad Buhari. Papa later followed it up with a further visit to Abuja, where he spent three good nights, waiting for the arrival of stakeholders named in the hitherto political solution meeting. I am aware because I was with Papa throughout that sojourn.
“The supposed ‘critical stakeholders’ nominated for this process were nowhere to be seen, and Papa eventually left Abuja in agony. It was indeed an ugly experience I do not wish anyone of his age to experience.
“The question now begging for answer is, was that wish granted? The answer to the above is capital NO!
“The present unpopular, but unceremonious Government of the day did not stop at bluntly rejecting Papa’s last WISH, but consequently, treated with greatest disdain and impunity, the Order/Judgment of the Court of Appeal that subsequently discharged Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“Papa, posterity shall forever be kind to you and your entire generation. You have not laboured in vain as we are very optimistic that your “SON” Onyendu will regain his freedom in no distant time.
“We hereby extend our deepest condolences to Papa’s immediate family, friends and well-wishers over this irreparable loss. May the gentle soul of Papa, rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ Amen.
“We will sorely miss you, Papa. Adieu, until we meet again on the resurrection morning.”
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