Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, on Monday urged Ndigbo to emulate the late Ezeigbo Gburugburu, Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, who led the Republic of Biafra for 30 months after the brutal killings of Igbos in parts of Northern Nigeria in 1966.
Obiano spoke at the commemoration of Ojukwu’s posthumous birthday cum Memorial Lecture, where he described him as a great being; a human of great character, tall integrity and a man that stood for justice and equity.
He was, however, absent from the lecture for the second time in a row.
Delivering a solemn speech at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, venue of the Memorial Lecture, Gov Obiano who was represented by his Deputy, Nkem Okeke, extolled Ojukwu’s virtues as a courageous and people oriented leader whose life reflected the need for ndị Igbo to have an unanimous voice in decision making.
Speaking further, Obiano emphasised the merits of having all sons and daughters of the Igbo race invest within Igboland.
Explaining that the legendary Ojukwu represented everything great for the Igbo Nation, Obiano urged Ndigbo, both home and abroad, to emulate his attitude to life and ensure that their homeland is well developed to become the toast of all nations.
Present at the Memorial Lecture were the former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu who was the Chairman of the Occasion; Ojukwu’s widow, Ambassador Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu; Prof Kinsley Moghalu, former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria amongst many other distinguished dignitaries including respected Traditional Rulers and revered Religious Leaders.
The highpoint of the occasion which had Prof Greg Nwakoby, the Vice Chancellor of the University as the Chief Host, was the cutting of the Posthumous Birthday Cake in honour of Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu who was born same on November 4.
However, widow of the late Ezeigbo Gburugburu, Ambassador Odumegwu Ojukwu, lambasted the governor for not attending the event.
In her remarks, she said: “Tell Obiano that there is no evil spirit at the venue of Ojukwu memorial lecture.
“This is the second time the event is holding and Obiano doesn’t want to attend by himself,” Bianca said.
She called on the governor not to erode the legacy of her late husband, especially regarding All Progressives Grand Alliance.
She thanked former Governor Peter Obi for renaming the state university after Ojukwu “who was truly a hero in life and death.”