Amechi, first republican aviation minister, dies at 93

Mbazulike Amechi, the first republican aviation minister, is dead.

Mr Amechi, who lost his wife last year, died at the age of 93, according to a statement from his family announcing his departure Tuesday morning.

The statement was signed by Ezeana Tagbo.

“With total deference to the will of the Almighty God, the Ume Amechi, Ezeana Ihinede families and the Umu Mmara kindred of Amihe Ukpor in the Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State announce the peaceful transition of our illustrious son, father and grandfather, Chief Mbazulike Amechi (Dara Akunwafor), Nationalist and First Republic Minister of Aviation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who transitioned peacefully in the early hours of today November 1, 2022,” it reads.

“We thank God for the fulfilled life that he lived, the lives that he touched and his service to God and Country. We respectfully ask that you keep us in your thoughts and prayers at this time.”