The national planning committee for the funeral of Nigeria’s Chief Aviation Minister, Chief Mbazulike Amechi, has urged the federal government and the governments of all southeastern states to immortalize the late elderly statesman.

The planning committee made the call in the context of Amechi’s contributions to nationalist struggles and devotion to a just and peaceful Nigeria.

The committee affirmed this in a statement signed by its chairman, Chief (Dr.) Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu after their meeting in Owerri, the capital of Imo state.

Amechi died on November 1, 2022 at the age of 93.

Rising from their meeting, the committee resolved to involve the governments and people of the southeast and beyond in the funeral activities, requesting their support in giving the late statesman elder a proper send-off.

The committee members also resolved to establish a State Organizing Committee to implement their decisions in Anambra State, where the elder statesman hails from.

According to the statement, “The meeting called on the authorities of the Federal Government of Nigeria and the governments of the south-eastern states to immortalize the revered elder statesman for his contributions to nationalist struggles and his devotion to a just and peaceful Nigeria.

“The meeting resolved to involve the governments and people of the southeast and beyond in the funeral activities and solicited their support and that of other stakeholders in giving the late statesman elder a proper send-off.”

“The meeting resolved to establish a State Organizing Committee to implement its decisions on the ground in Anambra State; the SOC informs the NPC. The SOC will be headed by Chief Innocent Chukwuma (Innoson).

“The meeting resolved to use technology to facilitate the process of collecting tributes for the elder statesman.

“The meeting resolved to have an additional day of tribute in Abuja on February 7, 2023, because Chief Mbazulike Amechi was a national figure, the first Minister of Aviation in Nigeria and a former member of the House of Representatives who defended and also fought for a United Nigeria,” the statement said.

The remains of Chief Amechi are scheduled to be buried on Thursday, February 16, 2023 after a lie-in-state at the Dara Mbazulike Amechi family compound.

However, the burial of Chief Amechi will be preceded by days of tributes at the Shehu Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja and International Convention Center (ICC), Awka, Anambra State and a Vigil Mass at the Dara Mbazulike family compound. Amechi, Amihe, Ukpor by 17:00