Months after the death of the Nigeria’s first Minister of Aviation and prominent member of the Zikist Movement, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, Nigerians will observe days of mourning on Tuesday, February 7, and Tuesday, 14th February 2023 for the foremost statesman, nationalist.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to attend the ‘Day of Tribute’, which is part of the programme for the funeral of Chief Amechi.
Also expected at the event, which is slated to hold on Tuesday, February 7, 2023, at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua centre, Abuja, is the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
Immediate past President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has been chosen as the Chairman of the occasion, while the Senate President, Senator Ahmed Lawan and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila have been penciled down as the Special Guests of Honour.
Presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, All Progressives Congress, APC and Labour Party, LP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Mr Peter Obi respectively are among those invited for the programme.
The Chairman of the Planning Committee of the ‘Day of Tribute’ in Abuja is Senator Ben Obi.
Chief Amechi, who was Nigeria’s Minister of Aviation in the First Republic and former parliamentarian, died on 1st of November 2022.
His burial is slated for 16th February 2023 at Ukpor, Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Several State Governors, Ministers, party chieftains and members of the Diplomat Community have already indicated their interest in attending the programme billed for 12noon.
This was confirmed in the programme of the event put in place by the National Planning Committee for Funeral of Chief Amechi, which has Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu as Chairman and Hon. CID Maduabum as Secretary.
Other top government functionaries, captains of industries, high profile politicians and professionals from various walks of life are expected to grace the programme.
Similar ‘Day of Tribute’ has been scheduled to take place at the International Convention Center (ICC), Awka, Anambra State, for the late nationalist by 12 noon on
Tuesday, 14th February 2023.
Various committees have already been set up for the success of the funeral.
One of such is the Finance Committee, which has former Senate President, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim as the Chairman.
Similarly, a 39-member State Organizing Committee, SOC, of eminent personalities has also been constituted in Anambra State to assist the National Planning Committee in organizing a befitting funeral for Chief Amechi
The 39-member SOC has Chief Innocent Chukuwuma, as Chairman and Chief Maja Umeh.