From Stanley Uzoaru, Owerri

As the former governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, is laid to rest today in his Igboukwu hometown, Aguata council area of Anambra State, the  Indigenous People of Biafra  (IPOB) has expressed sadness that its group will miss his fatherly advice.

IPOB, in a statement by its spokesperson, Emma Powerful, admitted that the elder statesman was among those who contributed to the welfare of Ndigbo since the independence of Nigeria.

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He said: “Dr Ezeife, the former governor of Anambra state, was among Igbo elders and leaders who contributed immensely for the welfare and well-being of Ndigbo since the independence of Nigeria up to date and maintained that he will always be remembered by Ndigbo.

“He contributed and fought gallantly for Ndigbo and was a supporter of the recent agitation for Biafra restoration.

“Dr. Ezeife normally gave IPOB members advice. He told IPOB members to be peaceful in their quest for Biafra freedom.”IPOB members have today lost a father who gave them fatherly advice. Therefore, we must ask Almighty God chukwu Okike Abiama to give the family and Ndigbo fortitude to bear the loss of such a great man because he contributed very much and fought gallantly against the marginalisation of Ndigbo.” Powerful stated.