Buhari, Sanwo-Olu, Eminent Nigerians Mourn Former Lagos Military Gov, Ndubuisi Kanu

…He Spoke For the Weak And Vulnerable- President Says

…His Demise Is A Colossal Loss To Nigeria- Lagos Gov

By Augustine Akhilomen

President Muhammadu Buhari, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu and other eminent Nigerians have paid glowing tribute to former Military Administrator of Lagos State, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, who died on Wednesday at the age of 78.

Buhari, in a condolence message, commiserated with family and friends of Kanu, praying for God’s covering over all his loved ones.

The President condoled with all professional colleagues of the gallant military officer, who distinguished himself in all positions and responsibilities during service, taking up more daunting, but historically rewarding challenges like speaking up for the weak and vulnerable, and the struggle for the country’s return to democratic government.

Buhari believed late Rear Admiral Kanu’s credentials in serving the nation, as a career military officer and as an activist with NADECO in actualising the June 12, 1993 mandate, remained commendable and would continue to inspire younger generations on patriotism.

The President also prayed for the repose of the soul of the elder statesman.

Sanwo-Olu on his part expressed sadness over Kanu’s death saying the former governor paid his dues as far as the development of Lagos State is concerned.

The governor, in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile described the late Kanu as a complete gentleman and officer who contributed immensely to the development of Lagos State during his short tenure of office.

The Governor praised the late Rear Admiral Kanu’s contribution to the country’s democracy, especially his fight, alongside the progressive elements in the country during the dark days of the military junta for the enthronement of constitutional democracy in Nigeria.

Sanwo-Olu said the nation would miss the rich experience and knowledge of the late Naval Officer and democrat.

He said: “On behalf of the Government and people of Lagos State, I want to express my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and comrades of late Ndubuisi Kanu as well as the Nigerian Navy, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the country in general.

“As one of Nigeria’s advocates of good governance, restructuring and true federalism, the late Ndubuisi Kanu will be sorely missed by the people.”

“The death of Rear Admiral Kanu is a colossal loss to the country. He made lots of positive impact and contribution during his lifetime to the growth and development of Lagos State and Nigeria. He fought, along with several other patriots tirelessly for a united Nigeria during his days in the Nigerian Navy as well as a member of a pro-democracy group after he retired from service.

“He wrote his name in gold as a tireless fighter and an advocate of democratic government. He played a leading role as chieftain of NADECO in the agitation for the actualisation of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election and return of civilian government in May 29, 1999.”

The Governor reminded Lagosians that the best way to immortalise the deceased is to ensure that good governance the deceased and others fought for spreads to every facet of the society.

“We must ensure that the people enjoy the dividend of democracy, which the late Ndubuisi Kanu and other heroes and heroines of democracy in Nigeria fought for. Development must touch the lives of the people directly. This is the best way to immortalise the late Ndubuisi Kanu because this is virtue he lived for,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Eminent Leaders of thought, Senior Citizens, Leaders of Civil Society Mourn the passing of Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, NADECO Leader

Meanwhile, Eminent Leaders of thought, Statesmen/ Women and Leaders of the Civil Society under the aegis of Project Nigeria Movement led by Elderstatesman, Prof Ben Nwabueze SAN have condoled with the family of Kanu, who they described as one their strongest associates.

Kanu, who was a veteran of the Struggle for the restoration of Democracy in the 90s was Military Governor of old Imo State in 1975 and of Lagos State in 1976.

He also made waves in 1975, when he became the only Igbo appointed into the then ruling Supreme Military Council before General Olusegun Obasanjo dissolved it when he assumed office as Head of State in 1976.

Kanu a Biafran war veteran, became a dogged pro-democracy activist upon his retirement from the military. As a staunch member of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) which spearheaded the struggle for the actualisation of the late Moshood Abiola’s annulled June 12, 1993 presidential mandate, Kanu was among those who signed an ultimatum’s for the General Sani Abacha regime to revalidate Abiola’s mandate and hand over power to him.

He was the chairman of NADECO’s Action Committee, which organised and participated in protest marches and public sensitisation against military dictatorship.

Kanu until his demise was also a frontline member of the Apex of the Project Nigeria Movement, which has Eminent Jurist, Prof Ben Nwabueze, SAN as its Chairman. The Group was initiated to build national consensus and political stability for Nigeria through constitutional restructuring of Nigeria

Other arrow heads of the Senior Citizens group, which is currently mourning the sudden exit of Kanu are Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Elder Solomon Asemota, SAN, General Ike Nwachukwu, Dr Kali Idika Kalu, Prof Akin Oyebode, Prof Pat Utomi, Commodore Dan Suleiman, among others

According to a statement from the Project Nigeria Movement, signed by Olawale Okunniyi, the active guidance of Kanu for the struggle to create a new democratic and prosperous Nigeria will be greatly missed by all Leaders of Conscience in the Project Nigeria Movement, NADECO and in the broad civil society constituency of Nigeria.

In the same vein, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has expressed sadness over the passing of a former military governor of Lagos State, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Godwin Kanu (rtd).

Gbajabiamila, in a condolence message, said the late Kanu, who passed on at the age of 77, would be remembered for his commitment to the development of Lagos State and the other states he governed.

He noted that the late Kanu would be remembered by all those who knew him as a patriotic Nigerian who played a role in the making of Lagos State.

The Speaker prayed God to grant the soul of late Kanu eternal rest.

He sent his condolences to the late Kanu’s family over the irreparable loss.

Also, Senate Chief Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu, on Wednesday described the death of former Military Administrator of Imo and Lagos States, Ndubisi Kanu as a “big loss.”

Reacting, the lawmaker in a condolence message on Wednesday, commiserated with Ndigbo, the people and government of Abia in particular over Kanu’s demise, NAN reports.

Kalu said the ex-Chairman of National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) stated that Kanu was one of the few Nigerians that fought for the enthronement of democracy.

“I received with pain the news of the passing of a leading light in Igboland and former Chairman of NADECO, retired Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kalu.

“The late statesman contributed immensely to the enthronement and sustenance of democracy in Nigeria.

“The democracy Nigerians are enjoying today is attributed to the efforts of the deceased and a few others. He lived a fulfilled life dedicated to national service and humanity.

“He has left indelible footprints in the annals of Nigeria’s democracy, owing to his remarkable, unbeatable and historic good deeds.

“The late statesman will surely be missed for his counsel at the community, sub-national and national levels,” he said.

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