Zikist Movement member, Mbazulike Amaechi, loses wife, says ‘She helped made me who I am’
BY SUNNY A. DAVID
Nigeria’s First Republic Minister of Aviation and Elder Statesman, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi has lost his wife, Iyom Chinelo Amechi.
While announcing this to newsmen in his hometown, Ukpor, in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State, Chief Amaechi also revealed that she passed away on July 23, 2021, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) after 10 days of illness.
Iyom Amechi, who died at the age of 91, hailed from Umuoji in Idemili South Local Government Area of the State, and retired as Chief Nursing officer in 1982 at the Mburi General Hospital, Nnewi, now Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH).
Chief Amechi described his 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 Organisation in the church. She also played a prominent role during my nationalist drives,” he said.
The Elder Statesman who described himself as trado-Christian who has dislike for multiple wives, further narrated how he swore as a member of the Zikist Movement never to marry until Nigeria gained independence.
He however, noted that he later married and wedded his wife at Holy Trinity, Onitsha, after about 10 months of courtship.
While praying for the peaceful repose of their beloved wife, mother, and grand mother, the Amaechi Family, however, said that details of the burial arrangements would be announced later.