By Emeka Esogbue
Dr. Austin Izagbo, the President-General of Ibusa Community Development Union (ICDU) has expressed shock over the death of Chief (Col) Michael Nduka Okwechime (retd), a war veteran who according to report died on February at 84 years. The President-General in a statement lamented the loss, describing it as a hurtful condition for his family and entire people of Ibusa.
Izagbo recalled that Okwechime was a patriotic Nigerian who played significant roles towards socio-political Nigeria especially in sports; he delivered to the nation both as a military officer and as a civilian. He emphasized that he was a leader worthy of emulation by the present generation for the leadership roles played by him.
He also stated that until his death, Okwechime served in various capacities ranging from Nigerian Football association, National Sports Council now National Sports Commission to the apex leadership of Izu Anioma, leaving behind remarkable values. The PG as he is fondly stressed that the Anioma community and Ibusa people in particular would miss him. He therefore, on behalf of Ibusa Community Development Union Worldwide prayed his soul to rest in perfect peace.
Until his death, Chief (Col) Okwechime, a soldier, administrator and civil engineer was the Olikeze of Ibusa.