Rivers State Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi
By Muhammad Bello
Rivers State Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has paid glowing tributes to the late former Military Governor of the defunct Eastern Region of Nigeria, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, at a public lecture in Ojukwu’s honour in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital Friday.
Others who paid tributes to Ojukwu at the event included Governor of Abia State, Theodore Orji; former Rivers State Governor, Dr Peter Odili and the former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, O. C. J. Okocha (SAN).
At the auditorium of the Rivers State House of Assembly, venue of the event, Amaechi lauded the character traits and leadership vision of Ojukwu, highlighting Ojukwu’s willingness to fight the perceived injustice against his people.
"My understanding then of Ojukwu is that he was a man who could not withstand injustice, and as a student of art or history, you know that the beginning of a struggle is the presence of an attempt by a group of people to deny the rest their right of existence. Ojukwu felt that he could lead his people out of the injustice meted on them by the Federal Republic of Nigeria".
"What all the Igbos and all of us who belonged to the old Eastern Region then are doing now is to celebrate Ojukwu’s achievements as a governor and as leader of his people."
Amaechi noted that while Ojukwu did not win the Nigerian Civil War, he brought political victory to his people.
"The Nigerian government may have won the military victory but the political victory was won by the Ibos because they established the fact that they are not a people you can ignore in the Federal Republic of Nigeria anymore."