18th January, 2014
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Kano, northwest Nigeria has lost its President, Chief Tobias Michael Onyemachi Idika to the cold hands of death.
According to a statement signed by the secretary of the Igbo apex group in Kano, Prince Chris D. Oha, and made available to P.M.NEWS Saturday evening, Idika died at Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Abia, northeast Nigeria, after a brief illness.
The statement reads: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Kano state chapter formally announces the death of our leader and president, Chief Tobias Michael Onyemaechi Idika which sad event occurred on Monday, January 13, 2014. Chief Idika died at Federal Medical Centre, Umuahia, Abia state after a brief illness.
“Chief Idika before his death was the President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Kano state chapter, President-General, Leaders of Ethnic Communities Resident in Kano.
“A dogged fighter, Chief Idika paid his dues in defence for justice and equity among non-indigenes and the indigenous community of Kano state. He can also be remembered for his consistent clamour for one and indivisible Nigeria.
“Burial arrangements and sequence of traditional rites would be announced later. He hails from Abia state, Nigeria.”