November 30, 2022

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has come under heavy knocks from the apex Igbo social cultural group, Ohaneze Ndigbo, following the death of elder statesman and first Republic minister, Mbazulike Amaechi.

The death of Mbazulike Amaechi as at early hours of Tuesday November 1, 2022 at his home town of Ukpor in Anambra State, has left tongues wagging owing to the failure of the Federal Government to honour his last wish, which was the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.

Reacting to his death, President Buhari in his condolence message through his spokesman, Garba Shehu, recalled his encounters with Amaechi in Abuja and Abakaliki, Ebonyi State.

However, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, in a swift response, considered to Buhari condolence message as nothing short of “crocodile tears,” and mockery of Ndigbo.

The President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, who spoke to journalists in Enugu described Amaechi’s death as most devastating, adding, “his death is most devastating because he died with a most unfulfilled wish. No matter how you look at it, he did not die a happy man.

“He begged President Buhari to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to him but Buhari did not oblige him. It is cruel of the present administration. This is the last surviving minister of the First Republic, but his wish could not be granted.

“Now the same President is reminding us how Amaechi’s words resonate, how he wished for a peaceful South-East and Nigeria in general. But the same Buhari government made sure that his wish never came to pass.

“So, to us, the entire youths of Igbo land, Buhari’s condolence message is a mockery of Ndigbo; the presidency is smiling over our misfortune, over the loss of an iroko in Igboland.”

IsL source gathered that the elder statesman had recently led a delegation of prominent Igbo leaders to Aso Rock where he made a case for the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

In May 2022, Amaechi, had pleaded with armed groups to withdraw the sit-at-home order declared on May 5 and 6 in the region over the planned two-day visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to Ebonyi State.

Amaechi had pleaded with the unknown gunmen to withdraw the threat and avoid actions that would embarrass Ndigbo before President Buhari

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