Ndubuisi Kanu, former military administrator and NADECO chieftain, is dead

Ndubuisi Kanu, a retired rear admiral and former military administrator of Imo and Lagos states, is dead.

Joe Okie-Odumakin, an associate of Kanu, confirmed his death in a statement.

He was said to have died on Wednesday morning after battling an undisclosed ailment.

The statement read: "We are devastated to learn of the death of the former governor of Lagos state, Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu.

"The sad event took place this morning.

"Admiral Kanu would for ever be remembered as a worthy NADECO leader who gave his all to the anti-military struggle in one of the darkest moments of this country's history.

"He was at the forefront of the struggle for the restructuring of Nigeria into a proper federal arrangement.

"He stood against injustice of any form and defended righteousness at all times.

"He was a regular face at all remembrances for our departed heroes and he has just become one of them.

"There is no one who knew this ebuluent spirit who would not be devasted by his death at this critical moment.

A great "Iroko" has fallen in our forest and we deeply mourn him.

"Goodnite, great patriot!."

Kanu, aged 77, enlisted in the Nigerian navy in 1962.

He was appointed military governor of Imo state in March 1976.

He was later transferred to become governor of Lagos in 1977, leaving office in July 1978.

He was also appointed into the Supreme Military Council headed by the late Head of State, General Murtala Muhammed in 1975.

Upon voluntary retirement, Kanu became a pro-democracy advocate, joining the defunct National Democratic Coalition (NADECO).

He became a chieftain of the advocacy group calling for the return of democracy to Nigeria.

Kanu was a prominent voice in the agitation for the actualisation of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election MKO Abiola was presumed to have won.

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