The leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, said yesterday that he was so devastated by the death of the former Biafran warlord, Chief Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, that he has refused to eat since his demise.
He said members of the association also joined him in shunning food to mourn the demise of the Ikemba, whom he described as â€œa mentor and confidantâ€.
Speaking to reporters over the telephone, Uwazuruike declared that there is no going back on the Biafran struggle despite the death of the former Biafran leader.
He maintained that the Ikemba lived, fought and died for the actualisation of the state of Biafra even after the end of the civil war.
Uwazuruike lamented that Ojukwu died some few weeks after he organised a befitting 78 birthday bash for him in his absence and was looking forward to the day he would return to the country to a heroic welcome.
His words: â€œWe are going to continue the struggle until those things he lived, fought and died for are realised. There is no going back on the struggle. In fact, we are more emboldened now more than ever before. We are not going to stopâ€.
Uwazurike maintained that Ndigbo must also double their efforts to remove the shackles of discord and join forces to bring about the realisation of the ideals of the former leader and presidential candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
He said that is one of the ways to honour the late Eze Igbo Gburugburu, adding: â€œThat is the only thing they can do to keep his soul alive. He is still very much with us. He is watching us and urging us to move on. We cannot stop now. We must realise his dreamâ€.
When The Nation visited the residence of Uwazuruike at Freedom House in Okwe, the headquarters of Onuimo Local Government Area of Imo State and all the offices of MASSOB, it was observed that the Biafran flag was flying at half mast in respect of their departed leader.
Also, when our correspondent visited Ahiara, in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, where the famous â€˜Ahiara Declarationâ€™ was made during the Nigerian civil war, the atmosphere was sober and the people were seen discussing the incident in hushed tones.