Ojukwu Buried In Nnewi

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The month-long funeral of departed Igbo leader and Biafra symbol, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu came to a momentous close this afternoon as his remains were interred in his Nnewi country home, Anambra State, southeast Nigeria.

Ojukwu’s body was lowered into a grave in his palatial residence, after a requiem mass was held at the next door St. Michael De Arch-angel Catholic Church.

Before the interment, Ojukwu’s body was laid-in-state in his compound, with family members and dignitaries paying their last respects.

President Goodluck Jonathan, accompanied by his wife, Patience led a federal government delegation to the funeral to pay his last respects to the deceased Igbo leader.

The president was received by the host governor, Peter Obi of Anambra State.

In a condolence message, the president extolled Ojukwu’s virtue of selflessness.

“I am here with my wife to pay respects to our leader Ojukwu whose life symbolises service to the people. May his soul rest in peace,” Jonathan wrote in a condolence register opened at Ojukwu’s home.

One of Ojukwu’s heirs, Chukwuemeka Jnr, also paid tributes to his dad describing him as “a hero to all”.

“He was a champion of the people. Someone who stood up when the country needed somebody to stand up; and he did that selflessly,” he said.

The Biafra leader’s son rejected the tag of “rebel” being associated with his dad for spearheading the botched secession of the Republic of Biafra from Nigeria, which resulted in a 30-month long bloody uprising.

“My father was not a rebel. My father was a freedom fighter. He was a man that fought against injustice,” said the younger Ojukwu.

The Nnewi town, where Ojukwu holds the revered traditional title of the Ikemba of Nnewi, throbbed as dignitaries from far and near came to honour the departed Ezeigbo Gburu-Gburu – supreme leader of the Igbo race.

Among the dignitaries are the Chief of Army Staff, Gen Ihejirika, Emeka Anyaoku, former head of the Commonwealth, politician Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, and APGA National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh.

Ojukwu died, aged 78, on 26 November last year, in London, after suffering a stroke. He is survived by his widow, Bianca and many children.

-PMnews

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14 COMMENTS

  1. It pains me that I was not able to see and talk with IKEMBA one on one before his death because he is the man I LOVED so much I can say that,if not that OJUKWU is not able to create HUMAN BEING and CHAGE NATURE,the suitable name for him would have been GOD.DIM gaa nke oma.

  2. PAPA safe journey, u are able to b remembered ur good legacies on this earth will not b over emphasized. Ur children u left will keep ur foot step on. Adieu dikediora mma, laa n’udo ezeigbo gburugburu.

  3. J.j ada or wateva u cald ur self; keep ur stupid basket mouth nd tots 2 ur self. Can ur father do half of wat ojukwu has done til he die?.. Ojukwu papa.. We mis u so much.

  4. J j ada…
    pls 4 gudnes sake OJUKWU did not fight 4 his selfish interest but 4 d unity of Nigeria n NDI -IGBO particularly bcos of d injustices meted out on NDI-IGBO by Nigeria n d IGBO masacar in North.Jus 2 giv u small tip about OJUKWU,I no u don no anytin about OJUKWU I wil lik u 2 read about d Jistory of IKEMBA.Rmemba he was given a State Burial which cannot b given 2 anybody both dead n alive.He realy deservs it.We no what he did.EZE UDO,EZE-IGBO GBURUGBURU,DIKE-DI-ORA-NMA,NNA-ANYI,Good night,Laa nu-udo.

  5. Jj ada,god wil punish ur fada n generation 4 usin dat language on our foreva king,u tink al men ar lazy,fool n weaklin like ur stupid fada,evry body knws ojukwu as a brave man recognised al ova d world who no ur papa

  6. J j Ada now you sound like a daughter of a woman so to say, as we mourn the demise of our fearless great erstwhile Igbo leader whom i personally called AGU-NDI-IGBO, The Peoples General, we should not also jettison our igbo great pass leaders via late. Major-General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Agu-iyi Ironsi, Major. Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu and many other IGBO Nationalist that fought for IGBO and the unity of the present Nigeria.

  7. You a rugged Fellow, still i proud of Iboist fold cause the agitate thee give out i, sleep well with your eyes wide open to see your vision to pass as the c****try brokes apart (Biafra) on your side.

    rugged you.

  8. EZE IGBO GBURU was a man I love so much. He is a man that does not like seeing his people suffer. Infect he lead down his life that we may have quality life.

  9. Dim Ojukwu is a hero. Infact the Igbos are now like a fatherless child. My prayer is that God should forgive his sins because of his selfless service to humanity.

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