By Ikeugonna Eleke
A national planning committee for the funeral of the late Chief Mbazulike Amechi, Minister of Aviation in the First Republic in Nigeria has been announced.
In a press release signed by Tagbo I. Amechi for the family, it was revealed that Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, would head the committee for the planning of the funeral, with popular Nigerian politicians, patriots and businessmen as members.
Tagbo, in the release said: ‘Following the transition of the foremost statesman, nationalist and one of the last remaining fathers of Nigerian Independence, Chief Mbazulike Amechi (Dara Akunwafor), Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation in the First Republic, on 1st November 2022, the family, in consultation with his associates and other stakeholders, wish to announce the setting up of a Committee of Distinguished and Respected Nigerian Leaders to plan a befitting burial for this great Nigerian Patriot.
‘The burial is scheduled for 16th February, 2023 at Ukpor, Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State.’
Members of the committee include; Alh. Tanko Yakasai, OFR; Chief Edwin Clark, OFR; Chief Ayo Adebanjo; Dr. Tim Menakaya, OFR; Chief Simon N. Okeke, OON, OFR; Sen. Dr. Adolphus Wabara; Sen. Chief Anyim Pius Anyim, GCON and His Excellency, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, CON.
Others are: Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, CON; Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, CON; Arc. Obong Victor Attah; Sen. Dr. Sam Egwu, CON; Chief Achike Udenwa; Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu, CON; Dame Virgy Etiaba, CON; Sen. Theodore Orji, CON.
Also listed as members are; Chief John Nnia Nwodo; Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, CFR; Ambassador Frank Ogbuewu; Ambassador Dr. Mrs. Kema Chikwe; Iyom Josephine Anenih, mni, SCN; Ambassador Chief Mrs. Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu; Prof. Maurice Iwu; Senator Ikechukwu Obiorah; Senator Nkechi Nwaogu, CON; Hon. Prince Chibudom Nwuche, OFR; Chief Innocent Chukwuma, CON; Chief Okey Ezenwa; Hon. Dr. Prince Ned Nwoko; Prof. Fred Eze; Prince Emeka Udodeme; Chief Uwakwe Azikiwe; while Hon. CID Maduabum will serve as secretary.
The release stated that in due course, the committee would make public, further details of the burial of the patriot.