Nigeria: Ojukwu’s Call from Exile

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Three days ago I left the Republic of Biafra with certain members of my Cabinet as a result of a decision taken by that Cabinet in the interest of our people’s survival. Since my departure events have moved with such breathless speed that friends and foe alike have been left not only bewildered but confused.

It is therefore necessary for me to address these words to the international press in order to keep the records right, and in pursuit of the object of my leaving the Republic of Biafra.

It is necessary in order to understand events that have led to the drama of the past few days to look back at the origin of our conflict and conduct in this war. Biafra, once the eastern region of Nigeria, was one of three sovereignties that banded together to
form the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Three of the reasons which made the sovereignties bind themselves together were:

1. Mutual protection of life and property – hence the fundamental human rights entrenched in our constitution and the arrangements made for the joint control of the police.

2. Security against external and internal threats – hence the responsibility of the central Government for defence.

3. The promotion of international trade and good relations with foreign countries – hence the assignment of exclusive responsibility to the central Government.

During the course of our first experiment in nationhood it was clear that the Federal Organization had neither the will nor the desire to maintain that unity of purpose for which the Federation was founded.

In 1966 it became clear that the central authority was unable and unwilling to fulfil the terms for which it was established. Right under her nose the people of Eastern Nigeria, now Biafrans, were subjected to such acts of barbarism, such atrocities that gave clear indication of a genocide that was to come.

The people of Biafra, in full consultation and believing that the only guarantee for security lay in the resumption of the sovereignty, mandated me to proclaim their territory the sovereign and independent Republic of Biafra, and to take up arms if need be to protect the lives and property of our people and the independence was thus proclaimed.

On July 6, 1967, the Federal forces crossed the boundaries of Biafra and attacked her defenseless populace. Our people, in the face of such aggression, had no alternative but to defend themselves as best they could. The war that ensued has continued from that day with unabated fury until today when we find that, because of certain limitations, we are no longer able to offer formal military resistance to the Nigerian aggressors.

For three years we have fought against overwhelming odds. Our conduct of the war has contrasted sharply with that of the Nigerian hordes. We were always aware of our limitation, and therefore have never discontinued out efforts for peace and a negotiated settlement.

We had relied on the conscience of the world to respect the rights of our people to self-determination and security. We have been frustrated by an international conspiracy against the interest of the African.

Yet, believing in the justice of our cause and the ultimate triumph of truth over falsehood, outnumbered and outgunned, we have grimly held back the unrelenting enemy for three grueling years with our bare hands.

Nigeria began her recent final offensive against Biafra in October 1969 after months of preparations, which included the starvation of our entire populace to such sub-human level that the movement of enemy troops through our territory became a mere formality.

For months we cried to an unsympathetic world, pointing out the danger of a total blockade and siege warfare at this stage of world civilization. In answer to that cry our people were further subjected to more deprivation by the drastic reduction of relief supplies, not only to the menfolk but to our women and children, to the aged and the very young, to the old and the infirm.

By the end of November the Biafra armed forces were no longer able to feed themselves; our civil populace were neither able to feed themselves nor the army. Yet over 30 grim days our gallant and heroic forces maintained their positions in the sheer hope of a miraculous respite.

In the first week of January, the Nigerian forces, by a fast military move, took control of the last areas from where we had any possibility of obtaining food. In quick succession demoralization set in, threatening national disintegration and bringing in its wake confusion and mass exodus.

I gathered together at Owerri during the night of January 8, 1970, those members of my Cabinet who could be contacted to review the situation. At that meeting I presented in firm and clear terms the grim hopelessness of continued formal military resistance.

I informed the Cabinet that my primary duty in the circumstances was to seek the protection of our exhausted people and to save the leadership of our heroic republic. I therefore offered to go out of Biafra myself in search of peace.

I decided personally to lead any delegation in order to give it maximum effect and to speed up matters in order to save the lives of our people and preserve the concept of Biafra. I did this knowing that whilst I live Biafra lives. If I am no more it would be only a matter of time for the noble concept to be swept into oblivion.

I chose for the delegation the following persons: Dr. M.I. Okpara, my political adviser; Mr. N.U. Akpan, my Chief Secretary; Major-General Madiebo, the commander of my army.

In the fluid and uncertain military circumstances the Cabinet considered it advisable and reasonable that families of envoys in or going abroad should be sent out. My last hours in Biafra before my departure were spent in close consultation with Major-General Philip Effiong, whom I had appointed to administer the Government in my absence, and his last request to me was to take out his family and to maintain them under my protection. I agreed.

Since the departure of the delegation from Biafra, we have remained faithful to our mandate. We have made contacts with friends and men of goodwill. We have spared no efforts to mobilize all forces in an effort to take food into Biafra on a gigantic scale. We have taken steps to alert the world to the real fears of genocide at the hands of the Nigerians.

Nigeria’s continuing efforts have always been directed at domesticizing the conflict in order to apply the final solution to the Biafran problem away from the glare of an inquisitive world.

From all indications it is clear that Nigeria will not feed our people. They have said so often enough, and their past records clearly underling this fact. There is no food whatsoever in Biafra and unless food can get into Biafran mouths in the next 72 hours it will be too late.

Nigeria’s insistence to control the distribution of relief is both to ensure that Biafrans get no such relief, and also to shut out outsiders who might witness and expose the enormous crimes she plans to commit against our people.

Nigeria throughout this war has distinguished herself for a lack of control over her armed forces. It is therefore most unlikely that, flushed with an intoxication of unexpected military victory, she will be able to exercise any measure of control on her forces now on the rampage.

In any case Nigeria’s aim is to destroy the elite of Biafra. The only possible way of preventing such a catastrophe is by interposing between the contesting forces some neutral force to prevent a genocide that would make 1939-45 Europe a mere child’s play. We have always believed in the futility of this war. We have always maintained that this war will solve no problems. If this carnage must stop, Nigerian leaders and their friends must borrow a leaf from the lessons of the last world war, where it was found that a permanent settlement could only emerge from an honourable peace.

Immediate efforts should therefore be directed towards early negotiations for peace without exacting full tribute of conquest. Only in this way can peace which the whole world desires have any chance. I therefore appeal to all governments and international organizations, countries and churches of the world, men and women of goodwill, to both out friends and enemies, in the interest of humanity to come forward to assist and protect the lives and talents of Biafra, to relieve the starvation and wasteful death now the only companion of our exhausted people.

I implore the world to rise to this desperate need, to mount all possible pressures on Nigeria to ensure that food gets to my people.

I would like to conclude this statement with a solemn declaration, emphasizing again the point I have repeatedly made in this appeal to the governments of the world to save my people from extermination. The sole motive behind Nigeria’s determination to draw an iron curtain over Biafra and exclude international observers, relief agencies, journalists whom they have not carefully picked themselves, is to make sure that the atrocities they will certainly carry out in Biafra is unseen and unreported in the world press.
Once they have sealed off Biafra from the gaze of mankind, I hesitate to contemplate the fate of the Biafran leadership, the trained manpower, the scientists and professionals whom they would liquidate as planned before the world can interfere. Genocide, I repeat, is not an internal affair of Nigeria, and it is the clear duty of those powers who have armed and helped Nigeria to gain victory over Biafra to step in and persuade Gowon to allow international agencies and observers to enter Biafra to feed the hungry, to heal the sick and to save a whole people from complete annihilation.

If they fail to persuade Nigeria to open her doors to these agencies then their declarations of humanitarian aid to Nigeria becomes mere propaganda. I repeat the aims of Nigeria are genocidal – the test that the contrary is the case is her willingness to admit humanitarian agencies whom Gowon has now openly declared he will exclude.

As a people we have endured as only giants endure. We have fought as heroes fight. We have dared as only gods dare. We are disillusioned by the world’s insensitivity to the plight of our people. Yet because our cause is just we believe we have not lost the war, only that the battlefield has changed. We are convinced that Biafra will survive. Biafra was born out of the blood of innocents slaughtered in Nigeria during the pogroms of 1966. Biafra will ever live, not as a dream but as the crystallization of the cherished hopes of a people who see in the establishment of this territory a last hope for peace and security. Biafra cannot be destroyed be mere force of arms.

May I take this opportunity to thank all those persons and organizations that have sacrificed that we might live – that we assure them that their sacrifice will not be in vain.

Biafra lives. The struggle continues. Long live the Republic of Biafra.

______________________
(1) Statement issued through the Biafran Information agency in Geneva and reproduced verbatim in The Times, 16 January 1970.

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Death and Blindness Rumour: Mercy Johnson is Alright

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As at the time of writing this, blogspheres and entertainment industry is awashed with rumour that star actress, Mercy Johnson suffered blindness and experienced a terrible accident that led to her death.

This rumor has no resemblance or iota of truth. Mercy is on a movie location in Lagos and getting set for her trip to Australia in a matter of days.

After diligent investigation, we discovered the rumour started as a result of a publicity stunt initiated by producer of a movie where Mercy’s character lost an eye. Another part of the rumor was started by detractor whose only goal is pull MJ down by all means.

It is despicable to note that these rumors were strengthened by writers who did not crosscheck before posting on their blogs, platforms or newspapers. We decry this act of insensitivity and irresponsibility especially as it affects family, friends and fans.

We appreciate family, friends and fans that have taken time to call out of concern and love and we wish to let them know that mercy is hale and hearty.

We implore bloggers and writers to kindly cross check reports on mercy with us to avoid using their platforms to promote falsehood and abate inappropriate ‘’PR stunts’’ by those who want to sell their movies or those whose goal is to pull others down at all costs.

Our lines are always opened for enquiries.

Thanks for your understanding

For enquiries on mercy Johnson please contact Bigsam Media on bigsammedia@aol.com, bigsammedia001@gmail.com or call 08120866601

Yomi Sodunke

For: Bigsam Media

November 30, 2011

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Can Pope Benedict Be Charged With Traffic Violation?

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The pope’s trip back to his German homeland earlier this year was greeted with cheers and some jeers but now at least one citizen wants the pontiff to be fined for breaking the law.

A fellow-German has decided to file charges against Pope Benedict for allegedly travelling around in his popemobile on the last two days of his  official visit to Germany in September without wearing a seatbelt.

Chirsitan Sunderman, the lawyer representing the unnamed German complainant from Dortmund, told the German daily “Berliner Zeitung” that his client was no anticlerical fanatic but a man on a personal road-safety crusade – concerned about the pope’s safety too. Sunderman explained that since having been in a road accident in which people died some time ago, his client is insistent that authorities and celebrities give good example to others while on visits to Germany.

Two high dignitaries have been cited as eyewitnesses in this road safety violation: the Archbishop of Freiburg, president of the German Bishops Conference, the highest Catholic authority in Germany, and the minister-president of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg which includes the city of Freiburg.

The lawyer, however, admitted he hasn’t worked out how to proceed with the case yet. As Pope Benedict enjoys diplomatic immunity while on foreign visits it is unclear if he can in fact be charged with breaking the laws of the road in his native country like any German citizen.

If the case goes forward the Pope could face a Euro fine of the equivalent of between $40 and $3000.

Pope Benedict usually travels in his specially designed popemobile on his foreign trips at a walking pace to allow visibility by the crowds who show up to greet him along his route or at public ceremonies.

The model he most often uses is produced by the German Mercedez-Benz company which has a seat that can be raised hydraulically to allow for more visibility. It is also fitted with bulletproof glass windows and roof and armored side panels and underbody to protect the Pope from attacks, along with more traditional features including seatbelts. However as the popemobile usually goes at an average speed of 6 miles per hour it is probably considered unnecessary for the pope to use his seatbelt so as to allow him to see and wave to the crowds more freely.

Since Pope John Paul II first used a converted truck to greet the faithful on his first trip back home to Poland as pope, various improved models have been used made by different leading car companies around the world. After the attempt on John Paul II’s life in St. Peter’s square in 1981 while he was travelling in an uncovered popemobile, the focus has been on how to protect the pope from attacks from outside rather than an abrupt braking on his journey by his driver.

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Pope in Benin, Africa: Evangelisation on the left hand and Occidentalism on the right hand? – Vol. I

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Preamble.

The Vatican may not be happy with my opinions, with what I want to say here, but I stand to be corrected if it is not the truth. The truth! Yes the truth for which Jesus Christ, the founder of the Church was put to death (Jn. 18: 38). Anyway, I do not expect a repeat of history. I still know at least the Vatican may not be so angry with me as much as it was with the publications of Serge Bilé, especially his explosive work titled « Et si Dieu n`aimait pas les Noirs: Enquête sur le rascisme aujourd`hui au Vatican», [which translates «And if God was not loving the Blacks: An Investigation on the racism in the Vatican»]. Apparently the title summarises the author`s focal point of reflection. In it he exposes very concretely the nature of racism and injustice against Blacks – Africans right at the door steps of the Vatican, the Capital City of the Universal Church – the Body of Christ on earth.

What I see: The paradox of Injustice.

The Church is the Body of Christ. That is our belief and truly the Church is. The number one man of the Church – the Holy Father Pope Benedict XIV, from Friday 18 – Sunday 20 November, 2011 will be in the Republic of Benin on his second journey to Africa since his papacy. At that occasion, he is going to sign a postsynodal apostolic exhortation of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops. Do you know, the theme of this synod is itemised in: «The Church at the service of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace», which follows from the former synod that saw the Church in Africa as the Family of God. Huuh! the Church at the service of justice or injustice? Spare me the crap!

How can an architect of injustice also be determining the principles for justice, peace and reconciliation? At least the indices are clear in the human face of the Church all over. Serge Bilé takes time to pour out with real facts, supported by interviews on the series of injustices against the Blacks, right there in the very nose of the pope, who is now coming to Benin and will be signing a blue-print for fight against injustice. I also know, Benedict XVI, as Joseph Ratzinger had spent a greater part of his life in the Vatican, theologising and supervising several ecclesiastical commissions. I still know that some of those commissions were and are not innocent of these injustices which are often times skilfully planned and executed against Blacks. Was he not there (as Bilé claims) witnessing how many black priests, either with various responsibilities in the Vatican or even on mere visit were and are still discriminated against? Was he not there and/or has he not been there (and now as the Pope) to see many of them even been banished for one reason or the other? Think of it for a minute, what actually frustrated the very charismatic Zambian Archbishop, Msgr. Emmanuel Milingo, to the point of renouncing the Church that he laboured for all through the vegetative part of his life and taken up a wife, if not in reaction against forces he saw that were both humanly and Godly unjust? Was he, who is coming to Benin – Africa to consolidate Catholic-Christian evangelisation in Africa, was he not there in the Vatican when many African religious (reverend sisters), whose roman congregations bring to Rome in response to their own vocation crisis, are turned into tools for all sorts of dehumanising works? Many become frustrated and by consequence are forced into prostitution. Bilé goes on to uncover many other obscurities and contradictions that the Church`s agents in the Vatican champion, which are updated till this moment as I speak. Now tell me, what injustice is comparable to these, under the very nose of the Pope – in the Vatican City? Can somebody give what he has not?

And I see more.

To begin with, is it not unjust, the very fact that a synod to address the problems of the Church in Africa was conceived and held, not on an African soil but on a European soil? This could as well be seen as the same thing which happens in the other institutions whereby solutions to African problems are discussed and proposed from European and American tables in Paris, New York and Washington, Bruxelles, The Hague, etc. Of course there can never be a way African problems can be addressed with European or Americans solutions no matter how religious the principles might be. This is the greatest injustice the world has known in our time against the African man. My European and American counterparts know it so well and are very comfortable with it. But is the African man happy and comfortable with this state of affair? It is clear that the Europeans and Americans play their card very well; at all costs, they know what they want – maintenance of a permanent interest, namely, the Bible on one hand, and colonialism/neo-colonialism/imperialism/Occidentalism on the other hand. In few days time as well, the leader of the millions of Catholics all over the world will repeat and/or consolidate that permanent interest – a message of evangelisation on one hand, and the rest on the other hand. You can imagine it. Nobody seems to be bordered, or pays attention to the fact that the Goodnews has to be contextualised in every environment. Take a critical look at what the early missionaries did in Africa.

I stand to be corrected if this is not the scene. If this is not true, please correct me. Imagine it, how many years has the Church existed in Africa? Ok, in Benin, we are also going to mark, as announced last Monday by Fr. Federico Lombardi – the director of the Vatican press office, the 150 years of the announce of the Gospel on African soil, from the Republic of Benin. We can see the much impact of this in all parts of Africa – booming vocation to the priesthood and religious lives, churches that are filled to the brim even when there is no church building, etc. All these are equally subject to questions as much. This is because, if this kind of record is noticed, and yet the African remains perpetually a slave to his counterparts in Europe, America and now Asia, then those custodians of that evangelisation packaged for Africa should be asked questions. The fundamental Christian principle holds all to be equal in Christ Jesus. But are we? I expect the Pope to address these questions, as I also ask the noble missionaries that first came to Africa, as well as many of them that are still there now: what truly was and is you interest in coming to evangelise the Africans? I have seen many of them in this part of West and North Africa become anthropologists and tourist guides over-night, instead of or under the pretext of being missionaries. If not, why then is the Christianity practised in Africa still remaining syncretic?

The Injustice continues till 2011.

Let us ask boldly. What was the Church`s position (under the Pope coming to Benin – Africa on Friday) on what happened in Cote D`Ivoire and Libya, vis-à-vis the bombardment of these countries by European forces? The Church was just quiet, watching French troops and arms, as well as British and American war planes invade the African soil under the cover-up of protecting the civilian population. You and I truly know it was more an affair of protecting the western interest in the Ivorian cocoa and Libyan oil more than civilian lives. The Vatican cannot swear to be ignorant of this. If not, why hasn’t the same argument been used in countries like Yemen, Syria etc., where there is even more repression and killing of civilians. Can you count how many innocent lives that was lost in these invasions? The Church submits totally to the principles of people who are truly not interested in how many human lives are lost, so far as their economic interest in cocoa and oil is not tampered with by either Laurent Gbagbo or Muammar Gaddafi. I remember when Gaddafi`s young son and his two grand children were earlier killed in Tripoli; the testimony of the Catholic Bishop in Tripoli, who had gone in person to pay his condolence to Gaddafi`s family, was sought to condemn the act. Very unbelievably, few weeks later, the Church, the Vatican aligns herself with all the resolutions of secular states, whose political and economic principles lack theological or even the least religious principles.

Conclusion.

Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, you are welcome once again to Africa, to the Republic of Benin this time around. What are you truly bringing this time? Do you no longer have the message of evangelisation on one hand, and still neo-colonialist intentions on the other? What assurance can you give the African Catholic-Christians, who are victims of injustices in various packages at all spheres of the international community? If not, I really wonder how the «pastoral bill» on justice, peace and reconciliation that you are going to sign in Benin will be justified. Truly, the Church exists in a human society, and is necessarily, consciously or unconsciously influenced by that society, which most unfortunately is unjust to the Blacks – Africans, even with no remorse of conscience. It is therefore a great challenge to the Church in attempting to mediate in justice and peace talks. This is a society that is structured very bizarrely with the slave-master relationship; the Whites who see themselves as the masters, and the Blacks who are obliged (at all costs even with the destruction of human life) to remain the slaves with all its implications. That remains the fundamental problem, the greatest injustice in the history of man. So how credible will the Church`s message be today if this problem is not given a more urgent attention? I still stand to be corrected, if truly God loves the Blacks (Africans).

To be continued, upon us have mercy Lord!

Chimaobi Clement EMEFU,

«chimaobi_e@yahoo.co.uk»

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Pope in Benin, Africa: Evangelisation on the left hand and Occidentalism on the right hand? – Vol. I

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Preamble.

The Vatican may not be happy with my opinions, with what I want to say here, but I stand to be corrected if it is not the truth. The truth! Yes the truth for which Jesus Christ, the founder of the Church was put to death (Jn. 18: 38). Anyway, I do not expect a repeat of history. I still know at least the Vatican may not be so angry with me as much as it was with the publications of Serge Bilé, especially his explosive work titled « Et si Dieu n`aimait pas les Noirs: Enquête sur le rascisme aujourd`hui au Vatican», [which translates «And if God was not loving the Blacks: An Investigation on the racism in the Vatican»]. Apparently the title summarises the author`s focal point of reflection. In it he exposes very concretely the nature of racism and injustice against Blacks – Africans right at the door steps of the Vatican, the Capital City of the Universal Church – the Body of Christ on earth.

What I see: The paradox of Injustice.

The Church is the Body of Christ. That is our belief and truly the Church is. The number one man of the Church – the Holy Father Pope Benedict XIV, from Friday 18 – Sunday 20 November, 2011 will be in the Republic of Benin on his second journey to Africa since his papacy. At that occasion, he is going to sign a postsynodal apostolic exhortation of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops. Do you know, the theme of this synod is itemised in: «The Church at the service of Reconciliation, Justice and Peace», which follows from the former synod that saw the Church in Africa as the Family of God. Huuh! the Church at the service of justice or injustice? Spare me the crap!

How can an architect of injustice also be determining the principles for justice, peace and reconciliation? At least the indices are clear in the human face of the Church all over. Serge Bilé takes time to pour out with real facts, supported by interviews on the series of injustices against the Blacks, right there in the very nose of the pope, who is now coming to Benin and will be signing a blue-print for fight against injustice. I also know, Benedict XVI, as Joseph Ratzinger had spent a greater part of his life in the Vatican, theologising and supervising several ecclesiastical commissions. I still know that some of those commissions were and are not innocent of these injustices which are often times skilfully planned and executed against Blacks. Was he not there (as Bilé claims) witnessing how many black priests, either with various responsibilities in the Vatican or even on mere visit were and are still discriminated against? Was he not there and/or has he not been there (and now as the Pope) to see many of them even been banished for one reason or the other? Think of it for a minute, what actually frustrated the very charismatic Zambian Archbishop, Msgr. Emmanuel Milingo, to the point of renouncing the Church that he laboured for all through the vegetative part of his life and taken up a wife, if not in reaction against forces he saw that were both humanly and Godly unjust? Was he, who is coming to Benin – Africa to consolidate Catholic-Christian evangelisation in Africa, was he not there in the Vatican when many African religious (reverend sisters), whose roman congregations bring to Rome in response to their own vocation crisis, are turned into tools for all sorts of dehumanising works? Many become frustrated and by consequence are forced into prostitution. Bilé goes on to uncover many other obscurities and contradictions that the Church`s agents in the Vatican champion, which are updated till this moment as I speak. Now tell me, what injustice is comparable to these, under the very nose of the Pope – in the Vatican City? Can somebody give what he has not?

And I see more.

To begin with, is it not unjust, the very fact that a synod to address the problems of the Church in Africa was conceived and held, not on an African soil but on a European soil? This could as well be seen as the same thing which happens in the other institutions whereby solutions to African problems are discussed and proposed from European and American tables in Paris, New York and Washington, Bruxelles, The Hague, etc. Of course there can never be a way African problems can be addressed with European or Americans solutions no matter how religious the principles might be. This is the greatest injustice the world has known in our time against the African man. My European and American counterparts know it so well and are very comfortable with it. But is the African man happy and comfortable with this state of affair? It is clear that the Europeans and Americans play their card very well; at all costs, they know what they want – maintenance of a permanent interest, namely, the Bible on one hand, and colonialism/neo-colonialism/imperialism/Occidentalism on the other hand. In few days time as well, the leader of the millions of Catholics all over the world will repeat and/or consolidate that permanent interest – a message of evangelisation on one hand, and the rest on the other hand. You can imagine it. Nobody seems to be bordered, or pays attention to the fact that the Goodnews has to be contextualised in every environment. Take a critical look at what the early missionaries did in Africa.

I stand to be corrected if this is not the scene. If this is not true, please correct me. Imagine it, how many years has the Church existed in Africa? Ok, in Benin, we are also going to mark, as announced last Monday by Fr. Federico Lombardi – the director of the Vatican press office, the 150 years of the announce of the Gospel on African soil, from the Republic of Benin. We can see the much impact of this in all parts of Africa – booming vocation to the priesthood and religious lives, churches that are filled to the brim even when there is no church building, etc. All these are equally subject to questions as much. This is because, if this kind of record is noticed, and yet the African remains perpetually a slave to his counterparts in Europe, America and now Asia, then those custodians of that evangelisation packaged for Africa should be asked questions. The fundamental Christian principle holds all to be equal in Christ Jesus. But are we? I expect the Pope to address these questions, as I also ask the noble missionaries that first came to Africa, as well as many of them that are still there now: what truly was and is you interest in coming to evangelise the Africans? I have seen many of them in this part of West and North Africa become anthropologists and tourist guides over-night, instead of or under the pretext of being missionaries. If not, why then is the Christianity practised in Africa still remaining syncretic?

The Injustice continues till 2011.

Let us ask boldly. What was the Church`s position (under the Pope coming to Benin – Africa on Friday) on what happened in Cote D`Ivoire and Libya, vis-à-vis the bombardment of these countries by European forces? The Church was just quiet, watching French troops and arms, as well as British and American war planes invade the African soil under the cover-up of protecting the civilian population. You and I truly know it was more an affair of protecting the western interest in the Ivorian cocoa and Libyan oil more than civilian lives. The Vatican cannot swear to be ignorant of this. If not, why hasn’t the same argument been used in countries like Yemen, Syria etc., where there is even more repression and killing of civilians. Can you count how many innocent lives that was lost in these invasions? The Church submits totally to the principles of people who are truly not interested in how many human lives are lost, so far as their economic interest in cocoa and oil is not tampered with by either Laurent Gbagbo or Muammar Gaddafi. I remember when Gaddafi`s young son and his two grand children were earlier killed in Tripoli; the testimony of the Catholic Bishop in Tripoli, who had gone in person to pay his condolence to Gaddafi`s family, was sought to condemn the act. Very unbelievably, few weeks later, the Church, the Vatican aligns herself with all the resolutions of secular states, whose political and economic principles lack theological or even the least religious principles.

Conclusion.

Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, you are welcome once again to Africa, to the Republic of Benin this time around. What are you truly bringing this time? Do you no longer have the message of evangelisation on one hand, and still neo-colonialist intentions on the other? What assurance can you give the African Catholic-Christians, who are victims of injustices in various packages at all spheres of the international community? If not, I really wonder how the «pastoral bill» on justice, peace and reconciliation that you are going to sign in Benin will be justified. Truly, the Church exists in a human society, and is necessarily, consciously or unconsciously influenced by that society, which most unfortunately is unjust to the Blacks – Africans, even with no remorse of conscience. It is therefore a great challenge to the Church in attempting to mediate in justice and peace talks. This is a society that is structured very bizarrely with the slave-master relationship; the Whites who see themselves as the masters, and the Blacks who are obliged (at all costs even with the destruction of human life) to remain the slaves with all its implications. That remains the fundamental problem, the greatest injustice in the history of man. So how credible will the Church`s message be today if this problem is not given a more urgent attention? I still stand to be corrected, if truly God loves the Blacks (Africans).

To be continued, upon us have mercy Lord!

Chimaobi Clement EMEFU,

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HEAR THIS PRESIDENT GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN!

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We The Stupid Southerners…  Correct Me If I Am not Right.   If you are a Southerner reading this, I want you to know that you’re stupid.  If you are a Northern Muslim reading this, I want you to stop. Now!  I want you to stop because I am not feeling that brotherly love now. I will say some things you may not like. And I don’t give a hoot how they will make you feel. I am as mad as hell. I’ve had it up to my neck.  Nigeria is on a slow motion suicide mission. Sometimes it is horrifying. At other times, it is amusing. This is not one of those amusing times. In our eyes, the knife goes round the neck, maneuvers its way until it slices off an ear. At other times, it misses the wrist and slices off a finger. In one motion it goes for the testicles but ends up slicing off a chunk of the anus. Nobody will admit it. But the wait is on for when Boko Haram will strike Lagos. Southerners who want to stay alive have left Maiduguri and many parts of the North. They have abandoned their sources of livelihood. They have also abandoned their homes. As the fear spreads, the number of internally displaced people increases. But who is counting? When Boko Haram finally strikes Lagos, the bottom will fall off. It could be tomorrow. It could be the day after tomorrow. But it is coming. When it comes, there won’t be room for any more denials. Nigerians are good at denying the reality in their face- even after it had slapped them. You hear it when Nigerians discuss the Nigeria-Biafra civil war.  Contrary to what revisionist historians are now claiming, the pogrom of 1966 was neither an isolated incident nor was it just a reaction to the coup of January1966. It was rather an escalation of what had been a continuous and systematic dislike, discrimination and massacre of the Eastern Nigerian people in Northern Nigeria. It happened in Jos in 1945. It happened in Kano in 1953. In a report put together by a British Administrative officer after the 1953 massacre in Kano, the officer warned, “No amount of provocation, short-term or long-term, can in any way justify their behavior…the seeds of the trouble which broke out in Kano on May 16 (1953) have their counterparts still in the ground. It could happen again, and only a realization and acceptance of the underlying causes can remove the danger of recurrence.” Of course, there was no realization by the Nigerian government. There was neither a search nor an acceptance of the underlying causes. Thirteen years after, when it reoccurred, it took the lives of millions.  Going through the history of Northern massacres of Southerners, the Maiduguri area had been one of the major centers of these atrocities. They only stepped it up when these seasoned killers transformed themselves into Boko Haram. The Boko Haram killings have been going on for a while. No amount of provocation can justify the mayhem that has been happening. The underlying causes have been there for a long time. And these causes are very simple- from the very beginning, some people in Northern Nigeria have brandished a different agenda and they have gotten away, over the years, with using violence to exert their will on the rest of the country. That is what it is all about. Because they have gotten away with it, they have continued to ratchet it up. So if tomorrow, Boko Haram hits Aso Rock, nobody should pretend that it is a surprise. If they use shoulder-to-surface missiles (many of which are known to have been smuggled into Nigeria) to shoot down a plane, nobody should wonder how. If they hit Lagos and the resulting crisis gets out of control, nobody should forget when it really started or say that what might follow is avoidable. Those interested in avoiding the coming doom, should stop the provocateurs. Now.  There comes a point when the usual plea, “We’re all Nigerians. We have to find the solution together” makes no sense. If you line up the bodies of Southerners who have died in Northern Nigeria since 1945, they will go from Sokoto to Port Harcourt and then up to Maiduguri. The rate the killings have been going in the last ten years, the dead bodies will soon complete the triangle by going from Maiduguri to Sokoto. These Nigerians died for no other reason than their innocent belief that as Nigerians the territory called Nigeria belonged to us all. Of course, it doesn’t. Because if it does, people in those lands where the blood of Southerners have been wasted for the past 70 years should be the ones providing human shield against elements in their midst who want to use violence to prove that some parts of Nigeria do not belong to us all. I don’t know where you come from. But where I come from, every family has lost someone in the North. To them, the North is a graveyard of many of their children. To the victims, it is not comforting to say that these disgruntled elements in the North are beginning to kill Northerners too. One too many Southerners have died. And many more are still dying. It is reprehensive that the citizens of Northern Nigeria have never staged a protest against the killings of Southerners in the North. Not in Jos in 1945. Not in Kano in 1953. Not in Kano in 1980. Not in Maiduguri in 1982. Not in Jimeta in 1984. Not in Gombe in 1985. Not in Kaduna & Kafanchan in 1991. Not in Bauchi, Kastina, & Kano in 1991. Not in Zango-Kataf in 1992. Not in Funtua in 1993. Not in Kano in 1994. Since 1999, no year passes without killings somewhere in Northern Nigeria. Even the January 10, 2001 riot in Maiduguri, which was inspired by Luna eclipse, did not necessitate a protest against such lunacy. But when America bombed Afghanistan on October 15, 2001, the North gathered enough crowds in Kano to protest, carrying the picture of Osama bin Laden. They also used that opportunity to kill more Southerners. That protest did not show how appalled they were of the annual killings. I know the matter is more complicated than this. I know there are Christians in the North. I know it is not absolutely a matter of North and South. I know it has been said that there is a silent majority in the North that is welcoming and willing to live in peace with others. But please spare me. Spare me of these excuses. Spare me of these alibis. They mean nothing to Gideon Akaluka killed in December of 1994. They mean nothing to the truck driver, Saint Moritz killed on December 12, 2001. They mean nothing to thousands of dead men who were burnt to death in their houses. They do nothing for the dead women who were hacked to death on the street. The dead children will not come back to life because there are some good people in the North silently observing the killings of their fellow human beings. If the North wants a Mohammedan world where they will stone women to death for adultery, let them have it. If they want a world where thieves have their hands cut off, let us indulge them. If they want a world where women will not show their bodies in public, let it be for them. If they want a world where there will be no churches, for Christ sake, let’s give it to them. If the North wants a world where the Imam is the head of government, lets help them have it. If they want a world where the Koran is the constitution, by all means, let them own it. If the North wants a world where there are no Christians, let the Christians give way. If they want a world where there is no freedom of thought or freedom of expression, let them enjoy it.  Let us not continue to be stupid, let the North have their world.  The South must stop this ritual of getting angry the first two weeks after every mayhem and start doing something about this madness. There are basically only two choices left for the South – to excise itself from Nigeria or to exert itself in Nigeria. Until Southerners firmly state that they cannot allow these killings to continue, the North will do nothing to stop it. Until Southerners make it clear that they are out of Nigeria, the so-called silent majority in the North will continue to maintain their observer status while abominations are committed by their brothers.  The Southern intifada must begin now. One more strike, the wrist of the nation called Nigeria may burst open. One more hit, the neck may fly off its shoulders. One more mayhem, the testicles may fall on the floor.  When that happens, don’t be surprised.  Stupid people!  By Rudolf Okonkwo, abridged and adopted by Clement Chimaobi EMEFU Chimaobi_e@yahoo.co.uk

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Indices of bad governance; enough is enough!

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Boko Haram…in Damaturu Borno State…65 reported killed, 92 bodies seen on the bombed church premises. This isnt just about a senseless reclamation against the West but it echoes the inactivity and corruption in the Nigeria Government. Boko Haram is sponsored from the money stolen from the Nigerian treasury by government officials and their allies. The joy of having increases by having, so their greed pushes them for more; when they dont get it, they sponsor violent groups like Boko Haram, while making unreasonable claims. think of it, what would somebody like Tony Annenih still be doing today in Jonathan`s government? Isnt it fear on Jonathan`s side against this man who had been in all civilian and military regimes since Shehu Shagari? Not because he has the love of the people at heart or because of the progress he has championed in the Nigerian politique but because of his political thuggery and impeccable corruption profile, and yet no prosecution charge has ever been brought against this man. Instead Jonathan makes him the Chairman of NPA (Nigeria Ports Authority) and acknowledges him as a “political fixer“ – fixer of crimes, huh! If Jonathan has such untouchables around him, even in their glaring records of corruption, why won`t we continue to see this kind of mess from groups like Boko Haram?

Fellow Nigerians, it is time for us to show that we are really fed up. Fed up with bad governance, fed up with a government that doesn`t care about the plight of the common Nigerian – look at how many souls Boko Haram waste on daily basis, and the government cannot guarantee security and protection over its citizens. Goodluck Jonathan now surrounds himself in the Aso Rock villa with international security agents, but the Nigerian citizens are left unprotected and unsecured. He sees an option in going to negotiate with terrorists. Does any reasonable government of any nation in the world negotiate with terrorists? This is simply because there are certain individuals in the government who are behind these groups. From intelligence reports, the President has been well informed of these subjects. Can`t he dispose of them once and for all? Why is he so afraid? Why can this man not make use of his executive power and hold this country? Then tell me what good use is this kind of government? For a single life of an Israeli boy for example, we saw how the Israeli government released thousands of Palestinian prisoners. Imagine the number of Nigerian lives being wasted everyday in all parts of the world, and much more on Nigerian soil, yet the government isn`t bordered. I cry out again, enough is enough!

 

Chimaobi Clement Emefu,

Imo state.

chimaobi_e@yahoo.co.uk

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March against corrupt government officials in Nigeria

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Matters arising from the fuel subsidy removal crisis-

In the wake of President Goodluck Jonathan`s move to remove the fuel subsidy, the media has been bombarded with arguments for and against this motion in the past weeks. There are obviously reasons for this panic and reaction, very understandable. Various public classes react differently according to their own interest based on the little or the much they know. Definitely there are those who always benefit from such confusion.

The poor masses – the ordinary Nigerian public, about 75% of the population only see the aspect of increase in the pump price of petroleum products as a consequence of the removal. Of course that is the much or the little they understand. I belong to this group. This ordinary public sees the N65 per litre charge for fuel as the ONLY dividend which the government`s fuel subsidy policy can offer them. This implies ipso facto that removing it will clearly spell-out government`s disinterestedness in the plight of the Nigerian common man, whereby ordinary basic amenities have looked almost impossible amidst the wealth of this country. Therefore, adding to the bottled animosity against corrupt government, this becomes the last straw that is breaking the Carmel’s back. Perhaps the concrete and tangible motive for a revolutionary move against corruption in the political class that we have been waiting for is at last here.

Now we come to the political public class, who has been running and milking the Nigerian wealth for over four decades now. More revelations unfold as matters arise from the cries of the ordinary citizens against the fuel subsidy removal saga. In response to my article titled: Open Letter to President Goodluck E. Jonathan…., a friend linked me up to another article titled: Fuel Subsidy and Fake Subsidy…, Articles | THISDAY LIVE by a fuel subsidy activist Mr. Simon Kolawole. Very insight filled and thought-provoking, at the same time a corpus of saddening revelations concerning the fuel subsidy, which the ordinary Nigerian citizen is not privileged to know. I still wonder why the government cannot open up and address Nigerians on the major reasons for this removal plan, if it is not an accomplice. Most strikingly, Kolawole qualifies the fuel subsidy as the greatest fraud in the history of corruption in Nigeria involving government officials; namely, the fact that the non-functional state of our four refineries is stage-managed in order to pave way for the continual importation of petroleum products. The so-called petroleum importers (partners in criminality with our government officials and the ruling class) now charge billions of dollars on daily basis from the Nigerian government for inexistent figures of consumed fuel in the name of fuel subsidy. This is still in addition to the subsidy on importation damage charges, even when they are never incurred. One cannot believe the amount of billions of naira that go into the pocket of small group of individuals – about 20% of the population, which consequently impoverish the rest of the population. This remains the underlying reason why the President wants to move against all odds towards the removal of the subsidy. Seemingly a bold and patriotic move, but is the approach equally patriotic? Do the ordinary citizens not have the right to know the reasons for policies in their own interest? The President surely has questions to answer, and indeed an account to render to the Nigerian common man.

Interestingly furthermore, Kolawole posed a question to his intelligence source on the details of this state of affairs, as regards bringing to justice this network of corruption cables that hold the nations progress to a standstill for years now. The answer comes quick and is more worrying as it fingers our government officials as the custodians of this corruption. Imagine a country whereby every sector has collapsed, as the President himself observed few months ago: legislative, judiciary, and even the executive owing to the kind of people that surrounds it irrespective of the good intentions. Mere signing of a document to propagate this criminality, for example at the price of N50 million has become a normal way of life for them. Recall the amount of billions being reported on the headlines that Nigerian individuals carry out of this country; how else do they make such whooping sums of money?

It is at this juncture that I come back, to continue from where I stopped in the previous article – Open Letter to President Goodluck E. Jonathan…. My fuss is not much about the fuel subsidy fraud as seen from these revelations but rather on the magnitude of the corruption that stifles the Nigerian growth in all spheres of life: human development, economic growth and stability, education, energy and power, basic infrastructural development, etc. These remain the normal dividends of governance in any nation of the world. But on the contrary, this has been beyond the reach of the ordinary Nigerian for many decades now.

I maintain, it is these poor Nigerians that voted President Goodluck Jonathan to power, in hope that at least a rescue mission has finally become a reality. Then I continue to ask, can Mr. President not use his executive power to stamp out this abysmal corruption? Of course he can and has no other option that to do it. Nigerians need results and the dividends of good governance. The poverty line in this country needs to be minimised to the lowest degree considering our vast rich reserves of natural resources. The only way to do all this is to fight and stamp out corruption in the Nigerian governance no matter who is involved.

The Nigerian people have no other option than to violently revolt against these corrupt leaders. It is not necessarily to destroy lives and properties, but to express most loudly their disapproval of this injustice perpetrated by a handful of the population. We have no other choice. We have no choice than to take the streets and pour out our anger against the level of corruption in this country. A corruption whereby one`s life is stunted by the selfishness, greed and wickedness of another. Enough is enough!

Chimaobi Clement EMEFU,

Imo state.

 

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Nigeria: MASSOB to Give Ojukwu ‘Best Burial in Africa’

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Enugu — 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.

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Ojukwu’s body to tour 4 countries before burial

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STATESMEN are usually given state burial but former Biafran Leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, will get more than that. His body will be flown to three African countries and one American country before the final burial in his Nnewi country home, according to his will.

Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, who gave the indication, yesterday, in Awka said that Odumegwu-Ojukwu listed where his body would be taken to before burial.

The countries are nations that supported the Biafran struggle and recognised Biafra as an independent state. They are Gabon, Tanzania, Ivory Coast and Haiti

At the end of the civil war, Ojukwu sought asylum in Ivory Coast from where he returned to Nigeria in 1982 when he was granted state pardon by former President Shehu Shagari

Obi who reiterated the determination of Nigerians to give the leader of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, a befitting burial, added that arrangements for the burial would soon be announced.

He said that government activities had been scaled down as a mark of respect for Ojukwu, adding that only very necessary activities would be taking place in the state.

Meanwhile, condolence registers have been opened in various places in Anambra State for people to record their feelings about the late Ikemba. An announcement in Awka named the places as the Government House, the state secretariat, the judiciary headquarters, the House of Assembly complex and all the 21 local government headquarters in the state.

 

This came as the Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, declared seven-day mourning and rain of tributes for the late Ikemba Nnewi continued to pour yesterday. Among those, who eulogised Ojukwu were General Olusegun Obasanjo, Justice Dahiru Musdapher, Chief Edwin Clark, Major-General Adeyinka Adebayo, Alhaji Yusuf Ali, Governor Gabriel Suswam, Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC.

Ojukwu’s death marks the end of an era – Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who went down memory lane on his relationship with Ojukwu, said: “It is with deep sadness that I received the news of the demise of my friend and colleague. He and I were sub-lieutnants in the army at Nigeria’s independence in 1960. In a way, his death marks the end of an era in Nigeria.”

Obasanjo also reminisced over discussions he had with Ojukwu before the latter’s demise, noting that at several times, he discussed the possibility of an expression of remorse from Ojukwu “on the Nigerian civil war which in itself was a culmination of actions and reactions. I condole with his family and pray for the repose of his soul.”

MASSOB declares 7-day mourning

Declaring a seven-day mourning for Ojukwu, MASSOB Leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, said the mourning period would commence on December 1 during which Ndigbo all over the world were expected to offer prayers for the repose of Ojukwu’s soul in the bosom of the Lord.

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 that using it to play politics.”

I did not expect him to die now – Obi

Anambra State governor, Mr Peter Obi has said that he did not expect Ojukwu’s death on Saturday, noting that he was with the legendary Igbo leader the previous day. Obi, who was on President Goodluck Jonathan’s entourage to France for an investors’ forum said he had asked the president to permit him to break protocol so that he could go to London to see Ojukwu.

He said: “I spoke with him, he was fine. And I boarded a plane back to Nigeria. I was about boarding a plane to Enugu on arrival in Nigeria when I got a text message to the effect that Ojukwu had passed on. I now had to go in search of a flight back to London. I was not so lucky with BA but Virgin Atlantic did well although I had to pay a commission. So I got on that flight back to London. I just got back today.”

Our sun will never set-Chukwumerije

Senator Uche Chukwumerije in a tribute entitled ‘Our Sun Will Never Set’, said that Dim Ojukwu passionately believed in equity and justice, diligence and merit, mutual trust and con fraternal bond, as the veins and arteries of the Federation. He said: “No citizen of this Republic ever lived Nigerian so fully, spoke Nigerian so eloquently and embraced so fearlessly the path to Nigeria ‘s greatness as Ojukwu. With iron will he defended these prerequisites not as lingua of governance and political rule but as the practical irreplaceable hinges of federal union. Eloquent in Igbo, Yoruba, Hausa and English he personified the feasibility of this oneness.”

He was a hero and father figure for Igbo – Okonjo-Iweala

The Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, described Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu as a symbol of the Igbo struggle for a better Nigeria and a revered father figure to his people who would be dearly missed. Noting that Ojukwu was a man who had the courage of his convictions, she said his example should serve as an inspiration for Nigerians to stand for what they believe in.

**An advocate of distributive equity – Oshiomhole

Governor Oshiomhole described Ojukwu as an advocate of distributive equity in the governance of the nation, lamenting that Nigeria had lost a major personality.

Oshiomhole said: “On behalf of the people and Government of Edo State, I wish to commiserate with you and the good people of Anambra State over the death of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu. Given your personal and political proximity to the Ikemba, I can appreciate how much pain his demise has caused you and several others, who found inspiration in his aversion to the opportunistic politics of the “mainstream”.

He demonstrated uncommon statesmanship – Suswam

Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State said the death of Dim Odimegwu Ojukwu was coming at a time when Nigeria needed his wise counsel and wealth of experience in its journey to a full-fledged democracy.

He was a patriot – CJN

Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Dahiru Musdapher, yesterday, extended his condolence to the family of the late Ikemba of Nnewi, Ojukwu, describing him as a genuine patriot.

The CJN said: “Although the collapse of military esprit de corps and the failure of geo-politics regrettably resulted in Ojukwu taking up arms against his fatherland, his rebellion was no less motivated by patriotism than the action of patriots who rose to quell it was. Thus the post-war declaration of ‘no victor no vanquished’ was equally an affirmation of ‘no hero, no villain.”

He was voice for the voiceless-Clark

Also, former Federal Commissioner for Information, Chief Edwin Clark said the late Ojukwu was the voice for the voiceless who hated oppression and injustice. He also stated with Ojukwu’s demise, a vacuum which will be difficult to fill has been created.

Clark who described Ojukwu as a fine top military strategist noted that “by his death, a vacuum has been created which is difficult to fill.”

One of the best patriots Nigeria ever produced- NLC

Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, described the late Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, as one of the best patriots and nationalists Nigeria ever produced. The congress said in a statement by its Head of Information and Public Relations, Comrade Chris Uyot, that the late Odumegwu – Ojukwu lived and died fighting for a better Nigeria. It said: “The NLC received with shock and sadness, the news of the death of one of Nigeria’s most revered patriots, and statesmen, Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu – Ojukwu who died after a protracted ailment in a London hospital on Saturday.”

His death has created a vacuum, says TUC

Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, said in Lagos that the death of Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, had created a vacuum that nobody could fill in Nigeria.

In a statement by its President and Secretary, Comrade Peter Esele and Chief John Kolawole, TUC said in Ojukwu’s death, Nigeria has lost another icon a week after the death of Alex Ibru with both statesmen affecting lives in different ways. It said: “By his death Nigeria has lost yet another icon a week after the death of Alex Ibru with both statesmen affecting lives in different ways. ”

He fought against injustice and oppression – YCE

The Yoruba Council of Elders, YCE, has described the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu as a man who fought against injustice and oppression of the people. Addressing a press conference in Lagos, yesterday, president of YCE, Major-General Adeyinka Adebayo (rtd) expressed sadness saying Nigeria lost Ojukwu at “this crucial time of our national development.”

Adebayo said: “Chief Ojukwu was a leader who devoted all his life to fight against injustices and oppressions. He was a man of strong principle who remained dedicated to his convictions until his last breadth. He was a political icon and a man greatly needed by many people to build and enhance their respective political influences.”

He was courageous- Akinyele

Former Minister of Information, Chief Alex Akinyele, described the late Ojukwu as courageous man who laid the foundation for the agitation of the minority interests in Nigeria. He told Vanguard yesterday, that contrary to the views of some people, Ojukwu was a true Nigerian who had the interest of the nation at heart.

He was a wonderful man – Yusuf Ali, former NFA boss

Similarly, former chairman of the Nigerian Football Association, NFA, Mr. Yusuf Ali described the late Biafran warlord, Chief Ojuwku as a man who always thought of how to better the lot of Nigerians. Ali who described Ojukwu as a wonderful man said: “I had so many interactions with Ojukwu and I found him a wonderful man, a man who loved Nigeria so much. He loved his people and always thinking about how Nigerians can prosper.”

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