Achuzia: Nigeria Has Lost A Leading Light – APC Chieftain
By Nedum Noble
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Engr. Johnbosco Onunkwo has expressed sadness over the demise of Col. Air Raid Joe Achuzia, who passed on last Monday.
Onunkwo described the death as painful as well as a loss to the Igbo nation, saying Ndigbo and Nigeria have lost one of their leading lights.
He noted that the late elder statesman was one who saw himself as a thorough bred Igbo at a point when it did not seem expedient to do so, adding that he did not shy away from defending the interests of the Igbo nation.
“I received with deep sadness the news of the demise of Col. Joe Achuzia, aka Hannibal, who fought bravely and gallantly on the side of the people of the defunct Biafra.
“As an Igbo youth, I cannot take for granted the contributions of Achuzia to the civil war and even after the civil war,” he said.
While commiserating with his family and the people of Anioma nation, Onunkwo prayed God to grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Achuzia, a veteran of the Nigerian Biafran war, who died in Asaba at the age of 89, had served as Secretary General of the Ohanaeze NdiIgbo and had lent his voice to matters affecting the Igbo nation and Nigeria.