Former Military governor of Imo and Lagos states, (Rtd) Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kalu died at the early hours today Wednesday 13th of January 2021 at the hospital in Lagos from Covid- 19 complication.

Kanu, in 1975 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 the 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.

The former governor, was a retired warrior-at-sea, who occupied many command and political offices as part of his military postings, quickly civilianized 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 organized and participated in protest marches and public sensitization activities.

According to reports gathered, the fomer military administrator travelled home for his daughter’s marriage introduction ceremony in December 2020, he had a mild cold and his condition deteriorated and was flown back to Lagos where he was diagnosed with COVID-19. Since then, he had been on oxygen at the intensive care unit.
(RT) Rear Admiral Kanu was survived by his wife, Gladys and children. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

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