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, a former Nigerian Army officer and Chief of Staff of the defunct Biafran Army, has died.

On Friday, the ex-general passed away. He was 90 years old at the time.

In a brief statement, his family confirmed his death.

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“We are saddened to report the passing of General Alexander Madiebo, Chief of Staff of the Biafran Army and the last of the titans,” read part of the statement.

Mr Madiebo was from Umuokpu in Anambra State’s Awka South Local Government Area.

In 1956, he was commissioned into the Nigerian Army as a second Lieutenant and began his service.

He would later be promoted to the Nigerian Army Artillery’s first regimental commander.

When Nigeria gained independence in 1960, he was appointed as the ADC to Nnamdi Azikiwe, the country’s first Governor-General.

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Mr Madiebo became the commander of Biafra’s 51 Brigade after narrowly escaping an alleged massacre in the northern part of the country when the civil war broke out in 1967.

Ex-Biafran war Lord Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu promoted him to General Officer Commanding the Entire Biafran Army during the civil war, a position he held until the war ended in 1970.

Soludo Mourns
Anambra State Governor Charles Soludo has expressed “deep sadness and sense of loss” over Mr Madiebo’s death.

The governor expressed regret that Mr Madiebo died at a time when his wise counsel was needed in moving the state forward in a statement released by his spokesperson, Christian Aburime, on Friday.

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The governor, on the other hand, thanked God for the former Biafran chief of staff’s honourable life and death at such a young age.

“Although we wish he could have stayed with us longer, we are grateful that he lived a life of service and accomplishment.” Mr Soludo said that his contributions to nation-building and the development of his immediate environment “remain strong reference points in patriotism and nationalism.”

Mr Madiebo was described by the governor as “a great patriot, courageous soldier, and officer gentleman” who would be greatly missed for his fatherly and wise advice.

“When it mattered most, he put his life on the line to protect his people.” It’s heartening that he kept notes on the battlefields that enabled him to write “The Nigerian Revolution and the Biafran Civil War,” one of the most important books about the Nigerian civil war, he added.

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