Ex-Minister of Aviation, Amechi loses wife

From Isaac Ojo Nnewi

Iyom Chinelo Amechi, wife of first republic Minister of Aviation Chief Mbazulike Amechi is dead. She was 91 years old.

Mrs Amechi died on July 23, 2021 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) after 10 days of illness.

A native of Umuoji in Idemili South Local Government Area of the state, Mrs. Amechi retired as Chief Nursing officer in 1982 at the Mburi General hospital, Nnewi, now NAUTH.

Speaking with reporters on Tuesday at Maryland Villa, Ukpor in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State, the husband, Mbazuluike described the late wife as a typical professional nurse and good housewife who was able to blend her professional work with home management.

He appreciated the time he spent with the late wife, saying her many good legacies would be greatly missed by the entire family.

“I’m happy to marry her because it helped to nurse me. She was the head of the Catholic Women Organization in the church. She also played a prominent role during my nationalist drives,” he said.

Describing himself as trado-Christian with his dislike for multiple wives, the elder statesman said he had sworn as a member of the Zikist movement never to marry until Nigeria gained independence.

He however noted that he later wedded at the Holy Trinity, Onitsha after about 10months of courtship.

A statement from the family signed by Mr. Tagbo Amechi said details of the burial arrangements would be announced later.

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