Igbo  eulogise  Ojukwu at Ahiara
From VAL OKARA, Owerri
Saturday February 18, 2012

Prominent Igbo leaders, including the clerics, traditional rulers  and politicians yesterday converged on Ahiara Mbaise, Imo State and paid glowing  tributes  to the late Dim  Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, ex-Biafran leader.
At an International Colloquium on the  Ahiara  Declaration of 1969, organised  in memory of Ojukwu by the Conference of Democratic  Scholars and chairman by  Ezego Anagha  Ezeikpe, the Igbo leaders described Ojukwu as a great icon and leader who sacrifice his life for survival of Igbo nation.

Speaking  on the occasion, President  General   of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Ambassador Uwechue,  said the Biafran succession bid failed militarily  but the spirit, which propelled it, remained in the minds  of Igbo and symbolized in  towering   personality  of Ojukwu.
He stated  that Ojukwu’s   message to Igbo  was the most  treasured  legacy that they must always  be courageous  and united  in their legitimate  struggle for political  and economic survival  in the country.

“Today in Ahiara,  Imo State, we  are commemorating an epochal  event  that marked  the unflinching determination of Ndigbo to resist oppression  and persecution unleashed on them in Nigeria,” Uwechue said.
Senator  Chris  Anyanwu described  Ojukwu as a true icon, who was born with sliver  spoon but scarified his life for the uplift of his people.
According  to her,  Ojukwu brought  respect to Igbo nation but regretted  that many Igbo  have abandoned the ideals  the Igbo   are known  for in  pursuance  of materialism.
Captain  Iheancho, former interior affairs minister, in his  remarks, said that Igbo  are  now at crossroads with the death of Ojukwu, saying  that Igbo  are being  killed on issues  that do not  concern them.

The former minister  noted  that Ojukwu  excelled  in his chosen  profession, as a solider, statesman  and intellectual, insisting that   Igbo  must remain   graceful  to him for his  selfless  service  to them.
In his  contribution, legal icon, Chief  Mike Ahamba, regretted that in spite of Ojukwu’s contributions to Igbo nation none of South East governors has deemed it fit to immortalise him, stressing that the late Biafra war lord was born great, live great and died great.
Meanwhile, the leader of the Movement  for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief  Ralph  Uwazuruike, governors  of Abia,  Enugu, Anambra  and Ebonyi  states  shunned  the occasion, while  the Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof.  Anthony  Anwuka.
Others present at the event are Mr. Chris Ngige, Sylvester  Anyanwu, Deputy Speaker, House  of Representatives, Chief Emeka  Ihedioha and former president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Dozie Ikedife.
Others   are the Catholic   Archbishop  of  Owerri, Most  Rev. Anthony  Obinna,  wife of late Philip Effiong, Mrs.  Josephine  Effiong, Prof.  Ukwu I. Ukwu , Col Joe  Achuzie   and son of  late  Ikemba, Dede  Ojukwu.

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