Ikemba Ojukwu laid to Rest a Hero

Activities in Anambra state virtually came to a standstill during the final funeral rites of the leader of the defunct Biafran Republic, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.  The burial was witnessed by President Goodluck Jonathan, his wife, Patience, the governors of Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi, Cross River, Delta, Ondo and Kaduna states, as well as other top government officials and politicians. President Jonathan commented that he had never witnessed the type of Ojukwu’s burial and thanked Ndigbo and the church for their support and honour for the late sage.

Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, Mr. Ojukwu Jnr.

Chief host and Governor of Anambra State, Mr. peter Obi, whose speech drew loud applause from the large crowd of dignitaries that attended the Requiem Mass at St. Michael De Archangel Catholic Church, Nnewi, before Ojukwu’s burial, expressed gratitude to President Jonathan for the deep interest shown in the burial of Ojukwu.

President Goodluck Jonathan

The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubike Ihejirika, read a funeral oration, while the Catholic Bishop of Nnewi, Most Rev. Gregory Ochiagha, presided over a requiem mass for the departed ex-soldier.The burial witnessed large turnout of people from different parts of the country, particularly the old Eastern region where Ojukwu held sway as governor. Ojukwu’s body had earlier been taken round the five South Eastern states including Lagos state where a carnival like funeral event attracted thousands of well wishers.

Source: Vanguardngr. Photo:  courtesy of the vanguard community.

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