Lady Chinelo, the wife of First Republic minister, Chief Mbazulike Amechi, Madam Chinelo Amechi, is dead.
She was reported to have died on July 23 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital (NAUTH) after 10 days of illness.
She was aged 91.
A native of Umuoji in Idemili South Local Government Area of the state, Mrs Amechi retired as Chief Nursing officer in 1982 at the Mburi General hospital, Nnewi, now NAUTH.
Speaking with reporters on Tuesday in his Ukpor home, Chief Mbazuluike described the late wife as a typical professional nurse and good housewife who was able to blend her professional work with home management.
"I'm happy to marry her because it helped to nurse me. She was the head of the Catholic Women Organisation in the church. She also played a prominent role during my nationalist drives," he said.
A statement from the family signed by Mr Tagbo Amechi said details of the burial arrangements would be announced later.