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25 Feb 2012

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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."

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  • Why is Dr. Peter Odili SUDDENLY hyperactive and visible? Does he intend to revise history so easily, in the hope that the good people of Rivers State would also develop voluntary amnesia about his corrupt and profligate stewardship between 1999 and 2007?

    From: Don Juan-Carlos ABRAXAS (III)

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  • VAYA CON DIOS, PAPA
    To: C. Odumegwu OJUKWU (A unique Father)

    I know a moment like this will come, when I must do a befitting dirge for a man under whose watch I literarily underwent tutelage of some sort. As human and I admit that I am very much so, I am limited by pure emotions, but often driven by a passion geared towards excellence and delivery. So now I pray in the mighty name of God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, for the will to march on, the courage to continue, and the resilience to finish this tribute, in spite of occasional emotional hiccups, ever since November 26 2011, following your passage.

    Just like Maya Angelou, whenever I think of death, and of late the idea has come with alarming frequency, I seem at peace with the idea that a day will dawn when I will no longer be among those living in this valley of strange humors. I can accept the idea of my own demise, but I am unable to accept the death of anyone else. I find it impossible to let a friend or relative, talk less of our prime leader; go into that country of no return. Disbelief becomes my close companion, and anger follows in its wake. I answer the heroic question 'Death, where is thy sting?' with these emotional cliché ' it is here in my heart, in my mind and in my memories. However, I take succor in the re-assuring wordings of the two stanzas of the Hymn “Be still my soul”

    Be still, my soul; the Lord is on your side;
    Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
    Leave to your God to order and provide;
    In every change he faithful will remain.

    Be still, my soul; your best, your heavenly friend
    Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
    Be still, my soul; though dearest friends depart
    And all is darkened in the vale of tears;
    Then you will better know his love, his heart,
    Who comes to soothe your sorrows and your fears.
    Be still, my soul; your Jesus can repay
    From his own fullness all he takes away.

    AMUMA NA EGBE IGWE, DIKEDIORAMMA, IKEMBA, EZEIGBO, GBURUGBURU, DIM, you were a man of many parts. A lot have been made public, and a lot has been said and written about your person. Eulogies even from unexpected quarters, came pouring, passionately and torrentially. Only two notoriously vindictive and failed leaders with warped messianic sense of accomplishments, tried to rubbish you. Even as vexatious as the two foolish shots were, none had and could deny the very fact, and glaringly so, that you were a man of history. Nigerians and the global community have come to acknowledge what you saw nearly half a century ago. They have come to unwittingly admit their own myopia. What a better way of honouring you than for the Chairman and mouthpiece of the Northern Governor’s Forum, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, admitting publicly and unequivocally recently that you fought in defence of your people, and that if he was in your shoes, he will do no less. How else can a people admit error of judgment than for what Governor of Niger State did? For that we salute you, your foresight and visionary leadership.

    ODUMNECHEIGBO, at 33, you sacrificed your youth and comfortable adolescent to give us, your beloved Ndigbo and indeed Easterners a name. You came down from a height so Olympian and naturally entrusted on you by your privilege background, to embrace and feel the deprivation of the people you so loved. When others elected to cringe and crawl, you stood like a colossus; to give us the much needed protection. When we had our backs to the wall, with deaths starring us glaringly in the face, you stood there in the gap, repelling an obnoxious and exterminating agenda designed to wipe our names from global geographical definition. When we were bombed and strafed mercilessly, you stood and bridged the planned total annihilation of your beloved kinsmen. Needless to say like Peter Opara that you were the symbol of Igbo resistance to a clear and conspicuous attempt by the greater majority of Nigerians to decapitate and/or totally disable the Igbo race in Nigeria, an attempt borne out of deep-seated envy, hatred, and blame mongering, for that will just be stating the very obvious. For that we salute you.

    DIKEDIORAMMA, that you were possessed of superior education and intellect, was not in doubt, and you demonstrated that at Aburi Ghana, when Nigeria went in search of peace in a foreign land. You clearly enunciated your points, and obviously carried the day. If Nigeria had implemented the spirit, intents and letters of that talk, dubbed Aburi Accord, we probably wouldn’t have fired a gun fighting ourselves. But the mischief and arrogance of the then Nigerian bureaucrats in policy implementation, led us to the fratricidal 30 months of civil war, the blame of which the same mischief makers tried all these years to lay at your feet. Is it not a mark of your foresight that 45 years later, majority of Nigerians are strident in calling for the implementation of the undistorted version of Aburi Accord, which is just what these calls for National Conference to determine the Nigerian question means?

    IKEMBA, no one could deny the very fact that you were a great inspiration to your people during and after the unfortunate civil war. You had these aura that was palpable and inspiring. You were indeed a hero. You fought for thirty months an imperialistic war, waged against the people within your defined territorial authority by several world powers in an unholy alliance with our then brothers. Out gunned and out sourced in terms of war weapons, you employed the weapon of persuasion and encouragement and sustained the defence of your people for so long a time. For that you were loved and admired, even in death.
    Finally Papa, when you get the world beyond (be ndi mmuo), if the dead could see each other, give my regards to those great Igbos, and Eastern Patriots, who have gone before. Kenesialum faa. Madu dika: Louis-Philip Odumegwu Ojukwu, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Akanu Ibiam, Iheonukara Okpara, Ozuomba Mbadiwe Pius Okigbo, Philip Effiong, Louis Mbanefo, D. K. Onwenu, Dick-Tiger Ihetu, C. C. Mojekwu, Kenneth Dike, Eni Njoku, Kalu Ezera, Eyo Ita, Jaja Nwachukwu, Ugoji Eke, Onunaka Mbakwe, Mba Ojukwu, Chukwuma Onoh, Raymond Njoku, Dennis Osadebay, In Okeke, Colonel Njoku, Conrad Nwawo, Chukwuma Nzeogwu, , Nwafor Orizu,, Goddy Onyiuke, Ochea Ikpa, Mattew Mbu, Okechukwu Mezu Ignatius Kogbara. The list is inexhaustible. Together with these men, you were able to resist an attack so vociferous. In spite of your public postures as man of war, you made several attempts to end the war peacefully, hence your usual reference to settlement at the Mahogany Table. You were to us what Winston Churchill was to Britons. Like Churchill said We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. You gave your all for your people, and encouraged us to actualize our full potentialities.

    Adios Amigo, Adios our Mentor,
    Go home in Peace, and May God be with you, Papa,
    Vaya Con Dios, our great Leader, Vaya Con Dios, our father,
    In the rising of the sun, and in its going down, we will remember you
    In the blowing of the wind, and in the chill of winter, we will remember you
    In the opening of buds, and in the warmth of summer, we will remember you
    In the rustling of leaves, and in the beauty of the autumn, we will remember you
    In the beginning of the year, and when it ends, we will remember you.
    You were not just born great, but you had greatness and Leadership divinely entrusted on you, at such a youthful age, when your ilk were struggling to stand on their feet. Men like you pass through this planet earth, once in a century.
    And I make bold to say without any fear of contradiction: IBU DIKE-OMEZUO, IBU UGO-OGBUZUO, ONYE SI NA OFODULU, NKE FODULU FODULU NA OBI-NNAYA.

    As my heart bleeds and my eyes gets misty, I can only say: Goodnight Papa, Vaya Con Dios, Mi padre

    Se llegó el momento ya de separarnos
    En silencio el corazón dice y suspira:
    Vaya con Dios mi Padre
    Vaya con Dios Papa

    Las campanas de la iglesia suenan tristes
    Y parece que al sonar también te dicen:
    Vaya con Dios mi Padre
    Vaya con Dios mi Papa

    Adonde vayas tú yo iré contigo
    En sueños siempre junto a ti estaré,
    Mi voz escucharás dulce padre mío
    Pensando como yo estarás
    Volvernos siempre a ver

    La alborada al despertar feliz te espera
    Si en tú corazón yo voy, adonde quieras
    Vaya con Dios mi Padre, vaya con Dios Papa
    Vaya con Dios mi Padre, vaya con Dios Papa

    From: Biafraner Ekekwe John Egu (Diaspora Son/Special friend of yours)
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    From: Ekekwe Egu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Ojukwu ia great hero of our time

    From: Anaga Ulu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Alabi said that 70 per cent of the junior workers were indigenes of the host communities of Niger Delta region while 30 per cent represented the Federal Character policy.

    Indigenes 70%,Foreigners 30%.
    A kano boy born in port Harcour,attended Primary and post primary education in port harcout is a Foreigner in Rivers state.Which means,despite his Educational merits,his Talents,he still cannot compete with on merit with the Rivers state 70% indigens first.
    And some is at Abuja right now shouting and praising Nigerian Unitary?.
    If this is how and the truth of Unitary,I (a nigerian,from Rivers State) wouldn!t have gotten a job in the Federal Republic of Germany since i am nither an indigen,or a citizen, nor am i a white.
    I do not know how long it will take us to understand,but one thing for sure,it will certainly come.

    From: worenwu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Before the Biafra saga Ibo persons occupied very high places in the military, in politics, in the economy, in academics, name it, the Ibo person was there in Nigeria. Then Ibo was the head od State, the head of the army, they occupied very high and prominent places in the civil service, they had a very major say in the economy, etc. The Ibo persons were amongst those who decided the destiny of Nigeria before the Biafra saga. After the civil was Ibo persons played and continue to play the second role in all aspects of Nigeria life. If we must tell ourselves the truth, the Biafra episode was a very huge minus for the Ibo people.

    From: Patrick Agbobu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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