Son of Nigeria's first President, Chukwuma Bamidele Azikiwe dies at 75

Chief Chukwuma Bamidele Azikiwe, the first son of first President of Nigeria, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe is dead. He was aged 75.

He passed on at the Borommeo Hospital, Onitsha, a missionary hospital just a stone throw to his Inosi Onira country home, Onitsha in the early hours of Sunday.

A family source said last night that Chukwuma had been battling protracted respiratory ailment for some years, which had kept him out of public view.

Chukwuma until his death was the Owelle of Onitsha,a traditional position he inherited from his late father in 1996 . As Owelle, Chukwuma was sixth in the title ranking in Onitsha.

He had, in 1991, aspired to govern the old Anambra State and after that unsuccessful bid, he never contested for any other public office.

According to a family source, details about his funeral would be announced later in accordance with the Onitsha customs and tradition.

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