Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has expressed sadness over the death of Col. Joseph Achuzia, a former civil war veteran and Ikemba of Asaba.
The governor’s condolences were contained in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Charles Aniagwu on Wednesday in Asaba.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Achuzie, popularly known as “Hannibal”, died on February 26 at the Federal Medical Centre, Asaba. He was 90 years.
Okowa recalled Achuzia’s active and remarkable role in the Nigerian civil war, adding that the deceased was one of the finest military officers of his generation, who served Nigeria selflessly.
He said that Achuzia’s passion for an egalitarian society was worthy of emulation, recalling that until his death, he had been an active community leader, in spite of his advanced age.
Okowa expressed belief that Achuzia, who had a distinguished career as a soldier in both the Nigerian and Biafran armies, would be remembered for his passion for a just and equitable society.
Okowa joined Achizia’s family and friends to mourn the late patriot and nationalist, who had left behind an impressive legacy of discipline, honesty, integrity and hard work in military service.
He said: “On behalf of my family, the government and people of Delta State, I extend my heart-felt condolences to the Achuzia family, the Asagba in Council on the death of Col. Joseph Achuzia, the Ikemba of Asaba.”
The governor urged the family, friends and associates of Achuzia to always uphold the values and principles which the man lived for.
Okowa prayed that God would grant Achuzia’s soul a perfect rest.