Ndubuisi Kanu was committed to the return of true federalism in Nigeria, says Ohanaeze Ndigbo
Late Ndubuisi canoe
From Luminous Jannamike – Abuja
Sociocultural organization Apex Igbo, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said the late Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu’s (rtd) commitment to the National Democratic Coalition, NADECO, shows his desire for fairness, justice and a return to true federalism in Nigeria.
Kanu, who was the former military governor of the states of Imo and Lagos between 1977 and 1979, died on January 13, 2021 at the age of 77.
At a night of homage organized by the Pan-Igbo Movement Initiative (PIMI) to celebrate the life and legacy of the deceased Canoe over the weekend in Abuja, the General Secretary, Ime Obi Caucus of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. Charles Nwekeaku, praised his contributions to Nigerian democracy.
He said, therefore, that the election of an Igbo president in 2023 will fulfill Kanu’s last wish for Nigeria.
Nwekeaku said, “If Kanu were still alive today, what would his wish be? He fought for the reactivation of MKO Abiola’s mandate because he believed in justice, justice and fairness. That is why he also believed in the restoration of fiscal federalism in Nigeria, for which Ndigbo is now demanding a part.
“As a supporter of justice, justice and fairness, Ndubuisi Kanu would have said that the next President of Nigeria should come from the southeast.
“So the lessons we learn from this gathering are to see how the boundaries of the struggles and legacy he has left can be expanded. For this reason, we have said without further ado that from 2023 the ideals of Ndubuisi Kanu and his ilk must be restored.
“It should be up to Ndigbo to produce the president independently of the political party. If he (Kanu) were still alive, he would have wanted just that. To continue the struggle for justice, fairness and justice not arrogantly but with strategy, calculation and wisdom will make him happy everywhere. “
Similarly, other dignitaries from various walks of life across the country who attended the event praised the late Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu.
These include the Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu; former Director of Planning, Defense Headquarters, Rear Admiral Victor Adedipe (rtd); Former Army Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd), Dr. Ejike Orji, Senator Emma Nwaka, among many others.
In his homage, Onu described him as a great Nigerian who did great things for the nation.
According to him, Kanu was a very intelligent man who always stood out for his character, good moral disposition and personal principles.
“The special thing about him (Kanu) is that many intelligent people are very often viewed as arrogant, but the late Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu was so humble. He loved excellence and wherever he found excellence, he stood by it. He was a man of character, ”said the minister.
He therefore called for a reorientation of the young people in order to emulate his life and values.
Onu added: “It was important that the life story of a man like the late Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu be made known across the country because we want our younger people to know that character, good behavior and principledness are very important and one thing Difference.
“Our nation said at independence that Nigeria would be one of the greatest nations in the world. But there are certain values that made our fathers great. Unfortunately, these values are no longer taken as seriously as they used to be. Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu represents these values. These are the values we need to instill in our young people and they will lay the foundation for Nigeria to get quickly to where we all want it. “
For his part, Rear Admiral Adedipe (rtd) described Kanu as his mentor and boss, who took me in as a younger brother and supported me from the cradle of my career to old age.
“In everything that has happened to me in life since I met him in 1987, he has always been there for me and with me. He was a patriot through and through, a very human person, and a very disciplined and principled man.
“He did not get involved in NADECO’s efforts to restore the canceled 1993 elections, not because he was a partisan politician, but simply out of principle.
“He told me personally that an election was held, someone won, and that person must be sworn in. I can tell you today that the late Admiral Kanu was not a friend of the late Chief Abiola. His commitment to NADECO was strictly based on principles. “
Ihejirika also said the late Kanu was a well-respected community leader whose detribalized nature and selfless attitude have had a positive impact on society.
“Kanu was an iroko tree that sheltered many in his community and in places where he was privileged to serve,” he said.
The event also included musical performances and the presentation of a documentary film about the life and times of the late Kanu.
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