Nigeria’s first Aviation Minister, Chief Mabzulike Amechi, has passed on at the age of 93.

Chief Amechi who also happened to be a member of the first republic leaders, a nationalist and the only surviving member of the Zikist Movement died in the early hours of Tuesday, November 1

According to a press statement issued by the family and signed by Ezeana Tagbo reads, “With total deference to the will of the Almighty God, the Ume Amechi, Ezeana Ihinede families and the Umu Mmara kindred of Amihe Ukpor in the Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State announce the peaceful transition of our illustrious son, father and grandfather, Chief Mbazulike Amechi (Dara Akunwafor), Nationalist and First Republic Minister of Aviation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who transitioned peacefully in the early hours of today November 1, 2022.

“We thank God for the fulfilled life that he lived, the lives that he touched and his service to God and Country. We respectfully ask that you keep us in your thoughts and prayers at this time.”