With deep sense of loss and sorrow the entire family and leadership of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide join the immediate family members, relatives and Biafrans both home and abroad to commiserate over the sudden demise of our icon, hero and great Biafran warrior of our time Chief (Col) Joe Achuzie who slept in the bosom of the Most High on Monday 26 February 2018 in his hometown of Asaba Delta State after a brief illness.
Hannibal and Air Raid as he was fondly called till his death, was an extraordinary and exceptional charismatic personality and finest battle-field commander of towering repute. He Col. Achuzia and his wartime colleague Timothy Onwuatuegwu most represented the spirit of bravery and patriotism which characterized the military campaign that prevented the annihilation and Islamisation of the Biafran race. He led the gallant Biafran soldiers that inflicted a heavy defeat on the enemy at Abagana; he masterminded the recapture of Owerri the then capital of Biafra from a better equipped British backed Russian armed Nigerian Army.
Col. Joe Achuzia will be remembered by history as one of the finest and bravest soldiers the world had ever seen. Though his exploits were in a quickly forgotten war in black Africa, the magnitude of his accomplishments put in context ranks amongst the greatest military feats of the modern era. From his heroics in the famous Abagana Sector victory over Murtala Mohammed to his recapture of Owerri, Col. Achuzia left an indelible mark that will be acknowledged by every generation of Biafrans until the end of time. He is our icon and all-time hero.
Chief (Col.) Joe Achuzia marched his footsteps on the hallowed soil of Biafra during his youthful days for the liberation and betterment of Biafra. He left a legacy this generation will forever be grateful to him for. We pledge to peacefully continue from where he left off until Biafra is fully restored the same way he restored our dignity on the battlefield against all the odds.
Our hero Achuzia came, saw, fought and overcame our enemies. We his children IPOB family members worldwide, owe it to him and posterity to continue this great fight he fought for all his life until the liberation of Biafraland, from the vicious grip of the oppressors, is irreversibly accomplished to his memory and glory of God.
COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB.