Ojukwu protect Ndigbo when it mattered most—Ohanaeze, South-East govs

By Chioma Gabriel, Editor Special
Features ENUGU—THE apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo
yesterday lauded the leadership and patriotism of the late Igbo leader and
Nigerian statesman, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, describing him as a
foremost leader and principled man.





The President General of Ohanaeze
Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo stated this at the post humous birthday colloquium
organised for the departed legend by the Coalition of Civil Society
organisations of Nigeria, COSCON and the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu leadership
Foundation COOLEF at the Ohanaeze Ndigbo National Secretariat in Enugu. Nwodo
lauded the late Igbo leader as a principled, committed and dogged man who stood
and defended his people when it mattered most.He commended the organisers of
the event for deeming it fit to initiate the programme and assured them that
Ohanaeze Ndigbo would continue to support them. In a related development, the
Governor of Ebonyi state and the chairman of the South East Governors Forum,
Engr Dave Umahi commended the organisers of the event and the president of the
Coalition of Civil Society Organisations of Nigeria COSCON, Chuks Ibegbu who
saw to its fruition. He lauded the leadership attributes of Odumegwu Ojukwu
which saw him through several challenges before his death. He noted that Ojukwu
was a foremost Igbo leader whose candour, the present and future generations of
Igbo people and Nigerians should emulate. He promised to support the organisers
in all ways possible. Governor Umahi was represented at the occassion by his
Commissioner for Education, Prof John Eke. Earlier in their speeches, the guest
speakers, Prof Obasi Igwe of UNN, Prof Raph Nwokedi, and Chudi Offodile called
on Ndigbo to stand firm like Ojukwu did to demand for their fair share in
Nigeria. “On no account should Igbo allow themselves to be cowed in demanding
for their rights as their forebears fought and got independence for Nigeria”.
They noted that what Ojukwu saw yesterday was what many Nigerians are seeing
today and said Ojukwu was a prophet and an avatar. Investigate Abia killings by
Nigeria Army Meantime, two Igbo groups, Igbo Peoples Congress and the Igbo
Aborigenes have called on the United Nations and the International criminal
court at the Hague to investigate and try the soldiers and commaders who killed
unarmed pro Biafra agitators at Umuahia and Aba between September 15 to October
15, 2017. The spokesmen of the groups, Pastor Okey Colbert and Mazi Chidi
Obisike noted that the issue must not be swept under the carpet. They insisted
that President Muhammadu Buhari and Gen Buratai , the Army Chief of Staff must
be tried for their crime against humanity in the matter. They declared that more
than a month after the dastard attack on the house of the IPOB leader, Nnamdi
Kanu , corpses of the slain IPOB members are still being recovered in the bush
around his house and at bushes across the state. They called on Igbo governors
and leaders not to keep quiet over the matter as it was the future leaders of
Igbo land that were cut short in their prime. “No matter what the Federal
Government claimed that Nnamdi Kanu did , the Army should not have committed
that level of massacre in his compound.”





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