Austin Izagbo Mourns Okwechime, consoles family
Dr. Austin Izagbo, President-General of Ibusa Community Development Union (ICDU) expresses shock at the demise of Biafra war hero and former Chairman of Nigerian Sports Commission, Chief (Col) Michael Nduka Okwechime. He regrets with emotion and sadness, the news of the passing away of Chief Michael Nduka Okwechime, the Olikeze of Ibusa in Benin City, Edo State after a bout of illness as recently reported.
The President-General recalls with reminiscence that Chief (Col) Okwechime was a foremost Nigerian patriot, statesman and nationalist whose socio-political and economic services at the federal, state and community levels can never be forgotten by the Nigerian nation. From his history of patriotic commitment to the nation to his very staunch belief in the happiness of all, he was the young soldier that historically lowered the Union Jerk and hoisted the green-white-green flag at independence thereby contributing to the momentous take-off and succeeding development of the Nigerian statehood.
And in the civil war that that later ensued, he demonstrated uncommon courage and bravery at making sure that the Igbos were not annihilated, the magnitude that has been praised by military historians and the self-same people whose freedom and philosophies he not championed but intrepidly defended in warfront.
At home, his commitments and personal sacrifices towards acting as a voice for the Anioma nation will remain evergreen in the hearts of the people whose interest was his major selfless objectives. The President-General of Izu Anioma will also be remembered by the Anioma people for the roles he played in shaping the Anioma nation as a whole and extension of same to Ibusa, our community thus our lamentation of his irreplaceable loss.
To this end, Dr. Austin Izagbo, on behalf of Ibusa Community Development Union Worldwide consoles the Okwechime family and Ibusa community as a whole while praying the Almighty God to rest the deceased soul in perfect peace while also granting his family the fortitude to bear this huge loss.
Elder Emeka Esogbue
For and on behalf of:
Dr. Austin N. Izagbo
President-General, Ibusa Community Development Union (ICDU)