From EMMANUEL UZOR, Onitsha
The widow of the late Biafran warlord, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, and Nigerian’s Ambassador to Spain, Bianca Ojukwu and other notable Nigerians yesterday shed tears over the demise of Ojukwu at his 79th posthumous birthday.
Ojukwu’s widow and leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike and other notable Nigerians gathered at the National Stadium, Lagos for the celebration of Ojukwu’ birthday. Speaking during the posthumous birthday organized by the new Ezeigbo Gburugburu, Chief Uwazuruike, Ambassador Ojukwu said her husband lived and fought against injustice throughout his life.
She said the late Ojukwu, was a selfless and fearless man whose commitment to emancipation of his people was total. The leader of MASSOB, Chief Uwazuruike who organized the birthday also extolled the leadership quality of the former Biafran leader and said the birthday would be made an annual event.
“We are going to make Ojukwu’s birthday an annual event, which will be celebrated every part of the world to show respect for our leader who fought with his last drop of blood to secure better future for his people.” The MASSOB leader further restated his stand and resolve on the sovereign state of Biafra, insisting that “there is no going back on the struggle for emancipation of my people who have been turned to slaves over the years in Nigeria”
In his keynote address, the National Coordinator Ethnic Nationalities Movement, Mr. Solomon Asemota described the late Ikemba Nnewi as a selfless and resilient leader who stood against injustice and maltreatment of his people. “No matter the hatred some may have for Ojukwu, it is a fact that he united Ndigbo in their hours of persecution and, on return from exile, helped in no small measure to reintegrate Ndigbo into the mainstream of Nigerian society.
The President of Campaign for Democracy, CD, Mrs. Joe Odumakin also called on Ndigbo to be more united after death of their leader, whom she said saw tomorrow. She said that only Sovereign National Confernce would help solve Nigeria’s numerous problems and extolled the leadership qualities of Chief Ralph Uwazuruike for the Igbo youths through a non-violent move to actualize Biafra. Former Military governor of Abia State, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu and other notable Nigerians attended the first posthumous birthday anniversary.