Former Military Administrator of Imo and Lagos States, Rear Admiral Ndubisi Kanu has died at the age of 77.
He died this morning in a hospital after a brief illness.
Kanu’s associate and ally, Mrs Joe Okei-Odumakin, confirmed the news of his death on Wednesday.
“I can confirm that he has passed on. This is very sad news. A statement will be issued soon,” she said.
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Ndubuisi Kanu was born in Abia State in 1943. He obtained Honorary Doctorate Degrees from the Imo State University and the Federal University of Technology, Owerri. He joined the navy and went to India for his cadet training.
Kanu was appointed the military governor of Imo State, Nigeria in March 1976 during the regime of General Olusegun Obasanjo.
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.
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.
Kanu was among those, who signed an ultimatum for the General Sani Abacha regime to revalidate Abiola’s mandate and hand over power which brought about one of the most vicious crackdowns by a regime in peacetime Nigeria.