A former Nigerian military Governor of Lagos and Imo States, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (rtd), has died of suspected COVID-19 complications.
A source close to the family confirmed his death in Lagos on Wednesday at about 3am.
Kanu was appointed into the Supreme Military Council headed by the late Head of State, Gen. Murtala Muhammed in 1975, and later became a human rights activist after leaving the military.
Born November 3, 1943, Rear Admiral Kanu was an accomplished military officer having had a successful tenure in the Nigerian Naval Command. A graduate of National Defence Academy, India, he served in various leadership positions both in core naval postings and in special assignments.
He was a Member of the Supreme Military Council (1975 – 1976), first Military Governor of Imo State (1976 – 1977), Military Governor of Lagos State (1977 – 1978), Member of the Supreme Military Council (1978 –1979), Member of the Armed Forces Ruling Council, AFRC (1986 – 1989), Member of Special Committee on Review of the Report of the Political Bureau (1988) and Chairman of Special AFRC Committee on Creation of Local Governments. He retired in October 1990
He joined the pro-democracy movement, NADECO, and played a leading role in the agitation for the actualisation of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election.