Rear Admiral Ndubisi Kanu, National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), Pro National Conference (PRONACO) leader, former military administrator of Imo and Lagos States, Igbo leader and one of the founding fathers of Ndigbo Lagos, a sub-Igbo socio-cultural organization, has died at the age of 78, Realnews is reporting.
The report, said the versatile elder statesman died on Wednesday morning in a hospital after a brief illness, while News Express, which says it is still making efforts to confirm, said news of his alleged death started circulating in Isuikwuato (his native home in Abia State) circles in the morning of Wednesday, January 13, 2021.
The paper went ahead to describe Kanu, as a celebrated son of the local government area and one of those whose distinguishing military career made Isuikwuato to be known as the Langtang of the East.
But Kalu Ireke Kalu from Abia State, who worked closely with the former governor at the Ndigbo Lagos office in Victoria Island Lagos, where the deceased’s office is also located, confirmed his death, Realnews further reported.
“I can tell you he passed this morning. He was 78. We celebrated his last birthday in November 2020. I don’t have much details. I am still in the village,” said Kalu, who contested for the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, secretary general, on January 10, in Owerri, Imo State.
In 1975, Kanu was the only Igbo, who was appointed into the Supreme Military Council (SMC), before General Olusegun Obasanjo dissolved it when he assumed office in 1976 as Head of State.
He fought on the Biafran side during the civil war but was reabsorbed into the Nigerian military at the end of the war in 1970.
Kalu, a retired warrior-at-sea, who occupied many command and political offices as part of his military postings, quickly civilianised himself when he retired from service. He was a member of the pro-democracy group, the National Democratic Coalition, NADECO, which fought for the revalidation of the late Moshood Abiola’s annulled June 12, 1993, presidential mandate.
He was among those, who signed an ultimatum for the General Sani Abacha regime to revalidate Abiola’s mandate and hand over power to him, which brought about one of the most vicious crackdowns by a regime in peacetime Nigeria.
He was the chairman of NADECO’s Action Committee, which organised and participated in protest marches and public sensitisation activities.