The pan-Igbo sociopolitical organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has felicitated with elder statesman and Nigeria’s First Republic Aviation Minister, Chief Mbazulike Amechi, as he marked his 92nd birthday. In a statement issued to journalists in Enugu yesterday and signed by Ambassador George Obiozor, President- General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, the group described Amechi as a quintessential Igbo titan, icon and trail blazer. Ohanaeze Ndigbo recalled how Amechi deprived himself of the bloom of youth to fight for Nigerian independence.
The statement reads in part; “On several occasions, you were arrested and detained by the colonial authorities and on more than two occasions, you preferred imprisonment instead of bowing to the oppressors. “Other audacious youths who volunteered in that sacred obligation include Osita Agwuna, Nduka Eze, Mokwugo Okoye, Raji Abdallah, Ikenna Nzimiro, Anthony Enahoro, among others.” Ohanaeze said what added to Amechi’s mystique was that the more the incarceration, the more popular ‘The Boy is Good’ became.