ProminentNigerians and groups, including, President Muhammadu Buhari, have paid tributes to Ndubuisi Kanu, retired naval chief and former military governor of Imo in 1975 and in 1976, who died yesterday at the age of 77.
He was a member of the pro-democracy group, National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), which fought for the re-validation of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election.
He reportedly succumbed to COVID-19.
President Muhammadu Buhari said Kanu distinguished himself in all positions and responsibilities during service, taking up more daunting, but historically rewarding challenges like speaking up for the weak and vulnerable, and the struggle for the country’s return to democratic government.
In a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari condoled with professional colleagues of the military officer, saying Kanu’scredentials in serving the nation as a career military officer and as an activist with NADECO in actualising the June 12, 1993 mandate, remain commendable and will continue to inspire younger generations on patriotism.
The president prayed for the repose of the soul of the elder statesman.
Left indelible footprints in annals of Nigeria’s democracy –Orji Kalu
Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu, described the death of Kanu as a big loss to Igbo and Nigeria as a whole.
Kalu, in a condolence message, commiserated with Ndigbo, the people and government of Abia over Kanu’s death.
While noting that the deceased was one of the few prominent Nigerians
one of the few prominent Nigerians that fought for the enthronement of democracy, Kalu urged the political class to emulate the worthy legacies of the late statesman.
The lawmaker described the retired naval officer as humble, dogged, courageous and fair in his pursuits in public service.
“I received with pain the news of the passage of a leading light in Igboland and former chairman of NADECO, Kanu.
“The late statesman contributed
immensely to the enthronement and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria.
“The democracy, Nigerians are enjoying today, is attributed to efforts of the deceased and a few others. He lived a fulfilled life dedicated to national service and humanity.
“He has left indelible footprints in the annals of Nigeria’s democracy, owing to his remarkable, unbeatable and historic good deeds.
“The late statesman will be missed for his counsel at the community, sub-national and national levels,” he said.
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