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Kanu’s Burial: Hope Uzodinma appoints former governor Ikedi Ohakim

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Following the announcement of the plans for burial of former military administrator of Imo State, Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, Senator Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has approved the appointment of former Governor, Dr. Ikedi Ohakim and four others as members of the burial committee.

It could be recalled, that the Late Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, was a one-time Military Administrator of old Imo State from 15th of March 1976 to 1977.

He also served as military administrator of Lagos State, from 1977 to 1978.

Kanu died on the 13th of January 2021. He was a member of the defunct Supreme Military Council of Nigeria, under late General Murtala Mohammed, as well as General Olusegun Obasanjo.

Early in his military career, Ndubuisi Kanu fought for the Biafran side in the Nigerian Civil War.

After serving as a state administrator, he returned to the military under civilian rule, and became chief of the navy and later served with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon.

Upon his retirement from the military, Ndubuisi Kanu was a pro-democracy campaigner and supported the call for decentralisation of power and increased federalism.

Ohakim, a former governor of Imo State, and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was appointed by Senator Hope Uzodinma, as the Chairman of the Committee.

Ohakim was also Hope Uzodinma’s deputy governorship candidate, during Uzodinma’s first attempt for the Governorship seat of Imo State, in 2003.

Oguwike Nwachuku, the Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to Senator Hope Uzodinma, made the appointment known in a Press release, available to the media.

Other people appointed by Uzodinma into burial committee include former Military Administrator of Imo State, Navy Capt. James Aneke, former Minister of State Mines, Dr. Uchechukwu Sampson Ogah, the Secretary to Imo State Government, Chief Cosmas Iwu as well as his Abia State counterpart, Barr. Chris Ezem.

Uzodinma described the late Admiral Kanu as a detribalized Nigerian leader.

The committee according to Uzodinma, will liaise with the family of the deceased, “the community and Lagos State Government to organise a befitting state burial for Ndubuisi Kanu.”

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