By Providence Emmanuel
LAGOS—DR Tony Nwoye, the member representing Anambra East/West Federal Constituency has bemoaned the demise of Colonel Joe Achuzia rtd, describing him as a patriotic Igbo man who lived and fought for the defence of the Igbo.
Lamenting the death of the former Ohanaeze Ndigbo scribe, Dr. Nwoye said that stories of Achuzia’s feat in the defence of the Igbo cause was an inspiration to him and many others who were born after the civil war.
“Col. Joe Achuzia lent his voice to matters affecting the Igbo nation and Nigeria. He so much believed in the Nigeria agenda where equity and justice would prevail,” Nwoye said in a statement made available to Vanguard.
Dr Nwoye described the death as painful as well as a loss to the Igbo nation, whom he described as an elder statesman who did not shy away from defending the interests of the Igbo nation.
“I received with deep sadness the news of the death of Col. Joe Achuzia, aka Hannibal, who fought bravely and gallantly on the side of the people of the defunct Biafra.
“Those of us born after the war, but read through the history, cannot take for granted the contributions of Col. Achuzia to the civil war and even after the civil war,” he noted.