Former Aviation Minister, Mbazulike Amaechi, dies at 93

Mbazulike Amaechi was a Nigeria’s first Aviation minister. He died at the age of 93 years old.

The first aviation minister of Nigeria, Mbazulike Amechi, passes away at age 93.

He passed away at 93 years old. The former minister passed away in the early hours of Tuesday, November 1, 2022, according to a statement from the family signed by Ezeana Tagbo Amechi. Chief Amechi, a Nationalist and the only surviving member of the Zikist Movement, was a native of Amihe village in Ukpor, Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

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The statements are

“With total deference to the will of the Almighty God, the Ume Amechi, Ezeana Ihinede families and the Umu Mmara kindred of Amihe Ukpor in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State announce the peaceful transition of our illustrious son, father and grandfather, Chief Mbazulike Amechi (Dara Akunwafor), Nationalist and First Republic Minister of Aviation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who transitioned peacefully in the early hours of today November 1, 2022. “We thank God for the fulfilled life that he lived, the lives that he touched and his service to God and Country. We respectfully ask that you keep us in your thoughts and prayers at this time.”


Mbazulike Amaechi is 93 years old at the time of his death. He holds a Nigerian nationality and he belongs to the black ethnicity.

Mbazulike Amechi was known for his interventions in Igbo country, including the call for the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, which he failed to realize before his death. All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) described the death of Amaechi as a big loss to Nigeria. The CUPP said Mbazulike’s death was not just a loss to his town, Ukpor, in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra state but also a major loss to Ndigbo and the nation at large.

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