Enugu â€” The Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, yesterday said it would give the former Biafran leader, Chief Chukwuemeka Ojukwu the best burial ever witnessed in Africa just as it declared a one-week period of mourning for the fallen hero who passed on last weekend in a London hospital.
MASSOB leader, Chief Ralph Uwazurike who made the declaration during a well attended press briefing at Ojukwu’s Casabianca mansion, GRA, Enugu, said the mourning period commences December 1 during which Ndigbo all over the world are expected to offer prayers for the repose of Ojukwu’s soul.
“We want to give Ojukwu the best burial in Africa. We want to show him that we love him even in death,” Uwazurike declared.
The MASSOB leader who emphasised that Ojukwu’s death should serve as a uniting ground rather than disintegration of the Igbo people, warned those he regarded as fifth columnists who might want to foment trouble and those Igbo whose preoccupation is to betray the Igbo course at Abuja in their own selfish interest, to refrain from such acts or face the dire consequence of their sabotage.
He said: “Ojukwu’s death should not be used for politics. His death should be the basis for the unity of Ndigbo. We have to start the unity of Ndigbo from somewhere. With the death of Ojukwu the trouble of Ndigbo has come to an end. Let his death unite us rather than using it to play politics.”
He said that Ndigbo all over the world are expected to stay at home on the day of Ojukwu’s burial which is yet to be announced as a mark of honour for the former General, adding that Nigerians should use the death of Ojukwu to make amends and show evidence of “the popular No Victor, No Vanquished slogan” being used in Nigeria since the end of the civil war.