Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, has described the death of former Military Administrator of Lagos and Imo States, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (rtd), as a huge loss to the people of Abia state and Nigeria.
Kanu passed away earlier on Wednesday at the age of 77.
Ikpeazu, in a statement by his spokesman, Onyebuchi Ememanka, noted that the late Naval Officer was a great son of Abia State who excelled in every aspect of life.
“From his military career where he served meritoriously in the Navy to his appointment as member of the Supreme Military Council in 1975, to his appointment as the first Military Governor of the old Imo State in March 1976, Military Governor of Lagos State in 1977, amongst others, the Admiral’s life exemplified the best ideals of public service,” he said.
Ikpeazu recalled the “sterling contributions” of the Late Admiral as Military Governor of the old Imo State including the establishment of the old Imo Broadcasting Service (IBS) in 1976.
“Upon his retirement from the military,” Ikpeazu continued, “Kanu immersed himself in pro-democracy struggles and made massive contributions to the fight for the enthronement of democracy in our country through his involvement with NADECO. The democratic rule we enjoy today in Nigeria is one of the fruits of the sacrifices made by Kanu and other compatriots.”
The governor noted further that Kanu never forgot his roots and made solid contributions to the political development of Abia, his home state.
“He was a huge reservoir of experience, knowledge and wise counsel which he gladly placed at our disposal as leaders of the State. His death has robbed us of one of our greatest sons. He was a proud son of Abia State and an outstanding Nigerian with impeccable credentials,” Ikpeazu said.
“The Governor sends his personal condolences and those of the entire people and Government of Abia State to the family of the Late Admiral and assures that the State Government will liaise with the family and other stakeholders to ensure that he receives a beffting farewell.
“Governor Ikpeazu prays the Almighty God to grant his soul eternal rest and console his family, the people of Isuikwuato Local Government, the people of Abia State and indeed all Nigerians on the passage of an iconic officer and gentleman,” the statement added.