Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (retd.), a former military governor of Lagos and Imo states who later transformed to a prominent pro-democracy activist, has died at the age of 77.
Kanu’s death was confirmed by Joe Okei-Odumakin, a fellow pro-democracy activist, on Wednesday.
“I can confirm that he has passed on. This is very sad news. A statement will be issued soon,” the Punch quoted Okei-Odumakin as saying.
The cause of the retired military officer’s death could not be immediately confirmed as at the time of filing this report.
Kanu was born in 1943 in Abia State.
Upon joining the Nigerian Navy, he was sent to India for cadet training. His naval career included positions in Personnel, Logistics and Training.
He was appointed into the Supreme Military Council headed by the late Head of State, General Murtala Muhammed, in 1975. He served as the military governor of Imo State in 1975 and held the same position in Lagos State in 1976.
After he retired from the military, he joined the pro-democracy movement, National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), and played a leading role in the agitation for the actualization of the annulled June 12, 1993, presidential election.
He is survived by his wife, Gladys Ndubuisi-Kanu, and children.