It is important to note that its a political blackmail to say that Ojukwu fought a war , he only was leading a special race towards achieving a political goal.
However, unlike Obafemi Awolowo who is so dear to the Yoruba race and well appreciated and revered and unlike Amadu Bello who is almost deified by the Hausa race, Ojukwu has been subjected to different phase of treatment by most igbo politicians. In fact, at present he is just a mere MEANS to an END
The inevitable civil war was lead by Ojukwu upon which he declared a soverign state of Biafra; though, a closer study will have alot of people to thank especially those who worked in the silent RAP(Research and Priduction ) unit.
Ojukwu who insisted on standing on the Aburi Accord sustained the war till such a time Gowon and the Nigerian state was ready to reach a workable compromise. In this war the igbo race under the leadership of Ojukwu gave their best and people died defending this great mission.
In modern times, people who have little or no knowledge of the war have always looked forward to engaging in another maybe with the intention to proof that the Igbo race is now stronger or better equipped.
While others strongly maintain that a Biafran state if actualized will be a conference centre for global technological development banking on the ingenuity of the Igbo RACE
As noble as this intention may appear, i have noticed that Nnamdi Kanu and Dr. Williams Obiano the executive GOVERNOR of Anambra state appear to have secondary motives. What they share in common is eliminating Ojukwu’s name from a course he championed.
While Nnamdi Kanu is working so hard to deify himself in the Biafran struggle with little or no reference to the founder cum President of former Biafra state late Gen. Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (Eze Igbo gburugburu and Ikemba Nnewi) , Chief Dr. Willie Obiano has made it a point of duty to ensure Ojukwu is less celebrated in APGA as a political party.
Well, given that Nnamdi Kanu has succeeded in adding religious angle to the Biafran movement , I may not be commenting much on his modus operandi , because its directed by faith and not pure reason.
However, to that his religious struggle for Biafra he should add Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu’s name to the lips of his followers as a mark of reverence and gratitude Or since what gave birth to the name Biafra is considered inconsequential to him, Nnandi Kanu can as well continue his movement with another name.
If you wish to be a Christian, Christ must be on your lips and a Muslim ; Mohammed must be on your lips. Every movement has a founder and no law that stops Nnandi Kanu from using another name. If he must use the name Biafra, he must pay absolute homage to Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
Nonetheless, Kanu is working within the mandate he gave himself unlike the elected governor Willie Obiano who used Ojukwu’s head to climb his political ladder and now refer to him as a dead man.
Anambra state as we all know is one of the greatest PDPstronghold and whether or not that has changed is subject to debate as we have more PDP members representing the state in the National Assembly.
However, to ensure proper respect is given to Ojukwu , the people of Anambra decided to settle for an APGA governor. Peter Obi our former governor will not in a haste forget the inscription THIS IS MY LAST WISH-Ojukwu.
Strong lines from Ojukwu to ndi Anambra when we decided that APGA must go. Ojukwu still not convinced came out to join Peter Obi in the campaign field with his lovely wife Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, then maybe in the light of Igbo culture, Emeka Ojukwu jr was not yet politically visible.
In fact, until President Buhari’s second tenure bid, Emeka Ojukwu jr was not so much a subject of political discuss.
Late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu must have put in almost more than he did in the Nigerian Civil War to sustain APGA especially, emotionally. Though every credit and honour went to him until Peter Obi brought the King that did not know Joseph.
I maybe wrong, but i doubt if Obiano ever had the opportunity to discuss with Ojukwu throughout Ojukwu’s life time; the opportunity to listen to Queen’s English or well articulated Igbo language garnished with native wisdom.
Obiano did not have the opportunity to witness that Ojukwu is not a mere man.
Though Nnamdi Azikiwe was a great man, he owe that greatness to late Sir Louis Odumegwu Ojukwu; Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu’s father and history has it that they admired Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu’s lifestyle and privileged birth. .
Obiamo has secretly embarked on the mission of reducing Ojukwu in the activities of APGA and by extention that of the entire Anambra. Today , most uniforms and symbols of APGA is gradually eliminating the face of Ojukwu in preference to a COCK’s symbol and the face of Obiano.
Just yesterday, the whole state was subjected to a holiday for an annual function holding in a Federal University, about the first of its kind in the history of Nigeria. Nnamdi Azikiwe Annual Memorial Lecture is a mere academic excercise and shouldn’t be a state function to such a superlative degree. Nigeria may add same to her public holiday. Nnamdi Azikiwe played great role in the unification of Nigeria as a country.
Nonetheless, ndi Anambra are not disturbed if APGA is about to replace Ojukwu with Nnamdi Azikiwe., or with Obiano or with any other symbol. The degree of humiliation given to Ojukwu by the recent APGA government is calling for but one thing- A Change.
Note Well, no law prohibits for example Anambra State Chapter of PDP from adding Ojukwu’s face to their cloth or other materials and same goes to other political parties.
When its time to send governor Willie Obiano back to the United State, APGA must go with it since they do not have respect both for legacies and ancestors.
THE REMEMBRANCE OF OJUKWU IN THE LIFE OF THE IGBOS CANNOT BE MADE OPTIONAL
Sir Augustine Ike (KSJI)