The outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has reacted to the death of Nigeria’s First Republic Aviation Minister, Chief Mbazulike Amechi.
Naija News reports that the elder statesman popularly known as ‘The boy is good’, died in the early hours of Tuesday at the age of 93.
In a statement on Wednesday by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, IPOB described Amechi as an icon who worked towards the betterment of all Igbo.
IPOB dismissed President Muhammadu Buhari’s condolence message to the Amechi family, describing the message as a mockery of Ndigbo.
The pro-Biafra group said it will not forget the effort of the late elder statesman in ensuring the release of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, from the Department of State Service (DSS) detention.
IPOB, therefore, commiserated with the family of the late minister and prayed to God to accept his soul in heaven.
The statement read: ”We, the global movement and family of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, under the command and leadership of our great prophet and indefatigable liberator, Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu Kanu commiserate with the family of the great icon and elder statesman, Chief Dr. Mbazulike Amechi who transited to the great beyond on Monday night 1st November 2022.
“IPoB family worldwide and the entire Biafrans mourn the loss of an icon who stood solidly for the better life of all Biafrans. IPoB will not forget the struggle and achievements of this great icon during the liberation struggle of Nigeria from the colonial masters.
“Again, IPoB worldwide will not forget the effort of our father toward the release of our great liberator, Mazi Nnamdi Okwuchukwu Kanu, who was kidnapped from Kenya to Nigeria by the Federal Government.
“Despite his age and failing health, he led Igbo elders’ visit to Aso Rock, Abuja to plead with the Nigerian Government headed by Buhari to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu as his last wish. But the Nigerian President in his unhidden hatred and lack of respect for the elder statesman and Ndigbo did not grant the last wish and demand by Chief Amechi, with the claim that only the Judiciary will decide Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s fate.
“Even after the same Court has discharged and acquitted Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Buhari and his Fulani hegemony ignored the request of the old man and the court verdict because of his hatred and disrespect for Ndigbo.
“Now, Chief Amechi has died. He and his likes are sending their disgraceful and mockery condolences to pretend that they care. Shame on them, Amechi died a fulfilled man and at a ripe age none of them who disrespected him will ever reach, because they lack respect for elders.
“Chief Amechi Mbazulike was the last icon who fought for the independence of Nigeria in 1960 and remained strong until the day Chukwu Okike Abiama called him.
“Buhari and his Fulani-controlled Federal Government must understand that Chief Amechi was not happy with them even in death for ignoring his appeal for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu”.