Ex-Minister Amechi’s Wife Dies at 91

By Ikeugonna Eleke

Iyom Chinelo Amechi, wife of first Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amechi, is dead. She was 91 years old.

Mrs Amechi died on July 23, 2021 at Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH), Nnewi, after a 10-day illness.

Late Mrs Chinelo Amechi

A native of Umuoji in Idemili South Local Government Area of the state, the late Mrs. Amechi retired as Chief Nursing Officer in 1982 at the Mburi General hospital, Nnewi, now NAUTH.

Speaking with reporters on Tuesday in his Ukpor country home, in Nnewi South Local Government Area of the state, the husband, Mbazulike, described the late wife as a professional nurse and good housewife who was able to blend her professional work with home management.

He appreciated the time he spent with his wife, saying her many good legacies would be greatly missed by the entire family.

He said, ‘She was a typical professional nurse and good housewife. She was able to blend her professional work with home management.

‘I’m happy to marry her because she helped to nurse me. She was the head of the Catholic Women’s Organization in the Church. She also played a prominent role during my nationalist drive.’

Describing himself as trado-Christian with dislike for multiple wives, the elder statesman said he had sworn as a member of the Zikist movement never to marry until Nigeria gained independence.

He however noted he later wedded at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Onitsha, after about 10 months of courtship.

A statement from the family signed by Mr. Tagbo Amechi said details of the burial arrangements would be announced later.