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29 Nov 2011

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Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo

By Omololu Ogunmade, with agency reports

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has said in  his several telephone calls with the late Ikemba of Nnewi, Chief Chukwuemeka Odimegwu-Ojukwu, he had discussed the possibility of expression of remorse on the Nigerian civil war from the former Biafran leader, who passed on over the weekend..

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from London, Obasanjo recalled particularly that at several times, he discussed the possibility of an expression of remorse from Ojukwu ``on the Nigerian civil war which in itself was a culmination of actions and reactions’’.

``I condole with his family and pray for the repose of his soul.’’ According to the former president, "In a way, his death marks the end of an era in Nigeria.” In his condolence message to the Ojukwu family, Obasanjo recalled that they were both junior –ranked officers in the Nigerian army at independence in 1960, adding that the news of Ojukwu’s death was received with sadness. 

“It is with deep sadness that I received the news of the demise of my friend and colleague. “He and I were subalterns (low-ranked army officer below a captain) in the army at Nigeria’s independence in 1960. I condole with his family and pray for the repose of his soul,” he said. 

“I was the first Nigerian Aide de Camp (ADC) to the governor general. Chief Ojukwu was Assistant District Officer then in Umuahia, Eastern Region. I had a long discussion with Chief Emeka Ojukwu at the party about the Nigerian Army and advised him to come and join the Nigerian Army. He kept his contact with me and later became one of the first set of Nigerian graduates to join the Army as a cadet,” Adebayo said.

Meanwhile, the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) has lamented the demise of Ojukwu, saying his death “at this crucial time of national development,” was disturbing.

In a statement signed Monday by YCE President, Gen. Adebayo (rtd.), and its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Oluyemi Falade, YCE described the late Ojukwu as one leader who devoted his life to the fight against injustice and oppression and held on to his principles to the very end.

“Chief Ojukwu was a leader who devoted all his life to fight against injustices and oppressions. He was a man of strong principle who remained dedicated to his convictions until his last breath. He was a political icon and a man greatly needed by many people to build and enhance their respective political influences. He was forthright, courageous, outspoken and a true patriot. Nigeria will surely miss a man of this magnitude at this critical time of social, economic and political development of our nation,” the statement said.

Ojukwu died in a London hospital last Saturday at the age of 78. He was born on Nov. 4, 1933 in Zungeru, Niger State.

Ojukwu served in the Nigerian Army alongside Obasanjo until the civil war of 1967 to 1970 put them on different sides of the divide.

In his struggle to preserve the independence of the then Eastern Region where he was military governor, Ojukwu declared a sovereign Republic of Biafra also in a secessionist bid to carve the then Eastern Region as a separate entity from Nigeria.

In the declaration and during his public address to the people of Biafra, he said: “Having mandated me to proclaim on your behalf, and in your name, that Eastern Nigeria be a sovereign independent republic, now, therefore I, Lt.-Col. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, Military Governor of Eastern Nigeria, by virtue of the authority, and pursuant to the principles recited above, do hereby solemnly proclaim that the territory and region known as and called Eastern Nigeria together with her continental shelf and territorial waters, shall, henceforth, be an independent sovereign state of the name and title of The Republic of Biafra.”

On July 6, 1967, the then military Head of State, Col. Yakubu Gowon, declared war and attacked Biafra in a bid to stop Ojukwu’s secessionist attempt.

The war, which ensued, lasted for 30 months as the Nigerian side insisted that the country would not be polarised.

The war ended in January 15, 1970, after the then Lt.-Col. Phillip Effiong, leading the Biafran side, surrendered to Obasanjo.

Before the surrender, Ojukwu had gone on exile in Cote d’Ivoire

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  • Mr. Obasanjo should be told to stop playing god in Nigeria. It is funny to hear that somebody like Ojukwu would tell Obasanjo that he was "considering"remorse over the war. History I think told us that Ojukwu was a Lt. Col when Obasanjo was a major. Mr. Obasanjo why pranks even over the dead? "junior officer below captain" is it all that necessary.

    From: George Onyema

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • What is Obasanjo saying? Why does he like to thrive in unnecessary controversies. He should let the peoples' General and hero rest in peace. The issues Ojukwu fought against in 1967 are still prevalent today. So what kind of remorse is he talking about. We know those that love Nigeria. Any Nigerian leader both past and present who abused his office by looting the treasury of our coomnwealth and impoverished the masses are the ones to show remorse for crime against our dear country. No matter how they rewrite history, history will surely be harsh on them. Posterity will never forgive them even after their death. Ojukwu never fought for his personal aggrandisement but the good of all.
    Okey

    From: Okechukwu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo, sir why say something you know that it is not true? How can Gen. Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu be remorseful? remorseful about what? about the massacre of Ndigbo in the North? or for the fact that all he saw and said some 44 years ago are not true today? Sir your statements are unfortunate.

    From: Chief Joseph Mmeh

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I have eagerly waited for Obasanjo's comment on Ojukwu.... This lacks OBJ's controversial and Comical characterter

    From: chux

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • obasanjo you are a player hater. you where born of an igbo blood but hates igbo to the core.your time has passed. you have led jonnathan to hell ,that is why he is taking national security by your own way and people are killed daily..

    From: chai

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Sad ......so sad...At this rate there will be no more icons in Nigeria left Obasanjo inclusive. Sir,please while it is not acceptable for the young to insult their elders , it is also not right for the elders to taunt the young ones. Your comments on National issues has always being an embarrasement to the Nation and intellects....

    From: ik

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Why does this man OBJ loves controversy. I think he should be more concerned about what history will say about him, either a man that committed incest or a man that perhaps had a hand over his wife unfortunate and untimely death or a man that had all the chances to build his country, but stole her blind? These are issues that he should be more concerned about.

    From: James

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Please let all Nigerians not be deceived. The late Biafran hero can never be remorseful on his action. This is because the just cause he fought for still lingers because it was not allowed to settle. But until that is done, woo to Nigeria.

    From: Prisca

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • tribute a true veteran. his type who will give life to defend the interest of his own people. R.I.P

    From: samgee

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Ojukwu love Nigeria and Nigerian, This is the only leader that love his country. He was trying to prevent Nigeria from going down the drain by this group of armrobbers Today that call themselves leaders of Nigeria from PDP. Ojujwu is dead but his spirity leaves on and his mission to save Nigeria will still prevail no doubt about that. He is still our hero forever.. His in heaven looking down on you lots that call yourselves Leaders of Nigeria from PDP Looting our money sending it abroad for your personal use and also sending your children abroad to study leaving the poor people to surfer in Nigeria No basic aminities like electricity no good school, can pay salaries to teachers and polic officers y they cant protect their country.No water, no good roads and no good hospitals. but you lot go abroad when you get sick. why abroad? if you take care of your country. Only what you people are good at is Party all the time. Shame on you lot.Judgement day is near for you lot in jesus name. unless you lot change as soon as possible and save Nigeria her people. IF YOU LOT DONT NO THE DEFINITION OF GOVERMENT PLEASE CHECK YOUR DICTIONARY OR ASK OBARMA OF U.S.A. OR DAVID CAMERON OF UNITED KINGDOM OK. OJUKWU SPIRITY WILL HUNT YOU LOT TO DEATH. OUR HERO MAY YOUR SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE.

    From: KATE OKAFOR

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • obj in his true self- always finding ways to equate himself or belittle people far ahead of him. imagine a school dropout comparing himself with an oxford graduate. anyway a man that compares himself with our lord Jesus Christ is capable of doing anything ignoble. somebody should tell this man to shut up!

    From: Patrick

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • It would have been better said that he regretted the war and not remorse. Remorse is when you have done a wrong while regret is something that shouldnt have happened i.e. avoidable.'The war was a culmination of actions and reactions' and why say remorse?. May the soul of our revered leader rest in perfect peace, amin.

    From: Ahmed

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Obasajo is a digruntled human being!!! Ojukwu was a hero!

    From: Mohammed Isa

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The human being in Ojukwu had the better of him when he (reluctantly?) chose to lie against Awo about this "if the East was forced out of Nigeria...then the West would opt out..." business. By the way, that statement is clear and unambiguous to any averagely literate person in english language and so could not have confused Ojukwu whose mastery of that language was unrivalled: "...if the East was forced out" is not the same thing as "...if the East decided to opt out (by force).." which was what Ojukwu did. Was the West a "housewife" of the East that it must “follow” the East into secession, once the latter decided to go that route? Was the West made up of such flimsy, unthinking people? Ojukwu claimed he released Awo: so why was Awo flown from Calabar to Lagos to meet Lt Col Gowon and not (first) to Enugu to meet Lt Col Ojukwu? It’s on record that JTU Aguiyi-Ironsi bluntly refused, (despite appeals by Lt Col Fajuyi, the brave soldier who opted to be shot along with JTU, his boss, among others) during his 163 days in power, to release Awo from gulag; maybe Ojukwu was embarrassed by that record and wanted to straighten things out for N’digbo. Mind you, the “January 1966 boys” who put their lives on the line by staging a coup which was to release Awo from jail and hand over power to him {having recognized his genuine patriotism (not nepotism or parochialism), progressive vision and unrivalled leadership qualities} were all Igbo (except Ademoyega, who was not even the leader of the five majors). In the bitterness to hate Awo, it seems (many) N'digbo would believe anything! Great pity, for a great people!

    From: Daoud Akano

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The human being in Ojukwu had the better of him when he (reluctantly?) chose to lie against Awo about this "if the East was forced out of Nigeria...then the West would opt out..." business. By the way, that statement is clear and unambiguous to any averagely literate person in english language and so could not have confused Ojukwu whose mastery of that language was unrivalled: "...if the East was forced out" is not the same thing as "...if the East decided to opt out (by force).." which was what Ojukwu did. Was the West a "housewife" of the East that it must “follow” the East into secession, once the latter decided to go that route? Was the West made up of such flimsy, unthinking people? Ojukwu claimed he released Awo: so why was Awo flown from Calabar to Lagos to meet Lt Col Gowon and not (first) to Enugu to meet Lt Col Ojukwu? It’s on record that JTU Aguiyi-Ironsi bluntly refused, (despite appeals by Lt Col Fajuyi, the brave soldier who opted to be shot along with JTU, his boss, among others) during his 163 days in power, to release Awo from gulag; maybe Ojukwu was embarrassed by that record and wanted to straighten things out for N’digbo. Mind you, the “January 1966 boys” who put their lives on the line by staging a coup which was to release Awo from jail and hand over power to him {having recognized his genuine patriotism (not nepotism or parochialism), progressive vision and unrivalled leadership qualities} were all Igbo (except Ademoyega, who was not even the leader of the five majors). In the bitterness to hate Awo, it seems (many) N'digbo would believe anything! Great pity, for a great people!

    From: Daoud Akano

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This man called Obasanjo will stop at nothing to discredit anyone including the dead. All these years when Ojukwu was alive you never said he was remorseful about the civil war. I am not presently in Nigeria at the moment else I would have quoted from the Newswatch magazine in the 80's where Ojukwu stated categorically that he will fight again if need be for the sake of his people.

    From: Dr Christopher Enweremadu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Only Obasanjo will claim that the people's General was remorseful. Perhaps, all Igbo knelt down to him. We are mourning our dead, our leader and a man who gave us hope. If Obasanjo has nothing to tell us, he should leave us alone. Igbo people are not seeking for his advice now.

    From: Aka M. Chukwu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • It's quite unfortunate that Former President Obasanjo would open his mouth and say that Ojukwu was remorseful about the Nigeria/Biafra Civil way. Why did he not even say this while Ojukwu was still on the sick bed? There is no iota of truth in this statement because Ojukwu will be the last Igbo man standing to think of remorse over giving the Igbo man a voice and an identity and defining the Nigeria State. It's important to note that NO such conversation would have taken place between Obasanjo and Ojukwu where the later would thinker on 'REMORSE'. Ojukwu saw the future of Nigeria. And everything happening today are some of the things he saw which none of his contemporaries in other parts of Nigeria saw. Was he remorseful that Igbos were killed in the North or was it that Nigeria has now developed or improved beyond his imagination before death came knocking? At your age Chief Obasanjo; try and see how you can be a bit logical even if you find it difficult to say the truth.

    From: Nick Eke

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This is sufficient proof that Gen. Obasanjo is not only suffering from amnesia but dementia has set in too. If Ojukwu had any remorse, I do not think it would have been on the motives behind the decision to secede. Rather, I would hazard, it would be his unsuccessful attempt at carving a brighter future for his people and the many traumatised and debased minorities in Nigeria. The reasons for seeking to secede from what is still called Nigeria are there for all to see till today. Go to Jos, Kano, Kaduna, Maiduguri, Bauchi and see how southerners live in perpetual fear of attack. Had Ojukwu planned and properly executed the war, Nigeria and Nigerians would have been free forever. Even if it meant renegotiating the basis of the Union called Nigeria. That was and remains my only anger against the mighty Iroko from Nnewi. May his soul rest in peace.

    From: Odiri C. Oghre

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Gen.Obasanjo alway present himself above everything and everybody. The Igbos are not talking of how the war was fought. We are mourning our death: a man who gave us hope when the cloud was very dark. It is a pity that all he can say now of the people's General is of his being remorseful. Please, oga, if your cannot mourn with us now, leave us alone to mourn our lost hero.

    From: Aka M. Chukwu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Only Obasanjo will claim that the people's General was remorseful. Perhaps, all Igbo knelt down to him. We are mourning our dead, our leader and a man who gave us hope. If Obasanjo has nothing to tell us, he should leave us alone. Igbo people are not seeking for his advice now.

    From: Akachukwu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • While we may all have a few bad assessment of Gen Obasanjo, he remain the best of the lot, listen to him carefully, you will know the fact of the matter. From the horses mouth, both Gen yakubu Gowon and Chief Emeka Ojukwu said, Nigeria civil war was Unneccessary war that has achieved nothing, that is remorseful.
    If you care to know, why did nigeria go to war - Greed and Distrust!
    Greed for some to acquire the oil rich region and Leadership of a rich new independent state.
    Distrust - - aha a, that is it; remember there were four regions, the young majors that took part in the coup de tat mark two each from each region,( I don't know why, I'm not a Major) and only three region had the execution carried out. It ended in betrayal and cheating screams and ultimately extra-judiciary killing..The few eyewitnesses alive today can confirm this before they pass on.
    Chief ojukwu is one of the most brilliant citizens Nigeria has had, functioning at the highest capacity of intellectualism wherever he finds himself, of-course NOT A COWARD. may his soul rest in peace.

    From: biodun

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Obasanjo is a spent-force. Even unto death, Odumegwu Nwojukwu remains a force to reckon with in the world..His astute qualities are rare and OBJ should desist 4m such unfounded statements. Afterall, why was OBJ not brave enough to have said this, when Ikemba was alife?

    From: EDOZIE

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Forget OBJ. OBJ will be OBJ, always petty minded.The luckiest man in the world who would have used the opportunity God gave him to glorify God. What did he do with it? He went for pots of "ewedu"

    From: Ibe

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This idiot called Obasanjo still has not realized when its time to quit or discern. Ojukwu barely died a few days ago and Obasanjo has swiftly feels resorted to distorting history. Why did he(Obasanjo) not say this while Ojukwu was alive? Its such a shame that even at old age our so called leaders have not learnt the virtue of honesty. It is a big shame that the legacy this tribalist called Obasanjo wants to enshrine and perpertuate is deliberate deviation of the truth that is well known to millions of Nigerians. I would advise this man called Obasanjo to extol the virtues of this great man called Ojukwu, who set family affluence as son of the richest man in West Africa and personal educational excellence from Kings College Lagos, Eton College UK and Oxford University England to fight for the emancipation and freedom of the helpless. Posterity has judged Ojukwu so will it judge Obasanjo.

    From: B1

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • obasanjo should recant his statement, ojukwu will never be remorseful both in the land of the and the dead for what,on the injustice netted on his people.

    From: chima

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Its is crass politics and very unfair of Obasanjo to credit such comment to a dead man that could not defend himself. Just like waiting for his, OBJ, death to get on air claim how he hated the Igbos and how he killed so many of them during the war.

    From: Onye

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The truth still remains that no other individual have ever been trusted, respected and believed in till date, in Nigeria as Chief (Gen) Ojukwu was believed in by especially the people of then Eastern Nigeria. He is a model of what a true leader should be for all people.

    He who invested his personal and family assets for the survival of the then Eastern Region, in contrast to majority of most of our other acclaimed leaders (dead and alive) whose only interest was to get Nigeria bankrupt.

    "Ojukwu you will always live in our Hearts" Sleep well.

    From: Ugochukwu.A.Nwachukwu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Baba not again. U could still have paid your tribute without making controversial statements. Just read the tributes of other retired Generals - even Gowon, they are plain and simple. It is really unfortunate that u have to sound like this every time. This kind of statements generates anger and sentiments, you can actually do without them.

    From: kc

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The issue here is that this thing called Obasanjo is a grasshopper that thinks himself a bird. Others died a decent death but his own will be worse becuase he represents everything evil.

    From: Johnbosco

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • If Obasanjo would pretend as if he had died, he will actually die after reading what men and animals will say about him. We keep our tributes at his funeral.

    From: chikwa

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • OBJ is always quoted out of context or misunderstood. In any case his usage of English words is also faulty. Ojukwu may have regretted the civil war and the attendant carnage, but remorse is hardly the word to use for his sentiment. Please have mercy on baba Iyabo. He means well.

    From: Peter

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Obasanjo i thank you. but that is not the issue now. Ojukwu is a hero we no about that.but that is not what am saying ,that place is for everybody. what do we do to move the country 4wrd,wot is jonnathan doing if he didn"t take time those people will be better then him

    From: castro

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Just when you think this old pig has outgrown his foolishness, he surprises even himself.

    From: Deji

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Obj should first apologize to Nigerians for not laying good democratic foundation in Nigeria. Nonsense!

    From: ope

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The Niger Delta village u destroyed, the yoruba's elite u killed and the millions of life's u murdered in the heartland of the southeast will forever be on the heads of u and your generations born and unborn. Dirty old man dat sleeps with his sons wife, incestuous pig, something is already rotten whilst still alive. HMMMMM! Angry

    From: ayo

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • It is high time we all understood that OBJ will never see things the way it is. Instead he will always see it from a controversial perspective.People close to him should teach him to accord little respect to the dead. Ojukwu rest in peace.

    From: Zicoto Momentum

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • ...an adage says "when the lion breaks its legs and hands, the deer comes to graze around his house...Gen Ojukwu cannot be compared with the likes of Obasanjo and his cohorts and Obasanjo knows it...I WILL FIGHT AGAIN IF does not depict remorse. Obasanjo is trying to look good, but we have not forgotten the role of this opportunist in the most despicable genocide in human history.
    Dim Ikemba Ezeigbogburugburu is dead, but BIAFRA is not. The vast nonentities called Nigeria is a political and colonial error for which the perpetrators should be charged for mutiny

    From: emo

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • This Obasanjo will continue to be a disappointment even to God who has given him so much opportunity to rise above his inherently pedestrian nature. He's always quick to position himself at an advantage against everyone else even when the truth is very clear. Obasanjo and Ojukwu were never cohorts in the Nigerian Army officer corps. Ojukwu was far senior. Obasanjo was an engineer with very basic officer training. Ojukwu had been trained in the best British military traditions and had become a Lt. Col and Commander of the 5th Battalion, Kano by the time of the first coup in 1966. At this time, Obasanjo was a junior major together with Nzeogwu and Obienu who were his closest friends. Ojukwu also taught then Lt. Murtala Mohammed while he was an Instructor at the West African Military Academy, Teshie Ghana and we all know that Murtala Mohammed outranked Obasanjo and he became his Chief of Staff when he became Head of State. He should at least, pay Ojukwu the compliments that he owes him as his superior instead of claiming that they were mates. His comments about Ojukwu expressing remorse should be dismissed as mere fabrications of a haunted soul. Obasanjo needs redemption and I pray that God should visit him with His grace before he dies. If not, there's no way he'll go to heaven

    From: Tom Ok

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • He can never mean well, let us leave him to God, no one knows what his end will be like and what will be our comments.

    From: Frank

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Inferiority complex is a complex psychological trauma. That is what OBJ is suffering from. His twisted background forced him to hate others who he felt were priviledged. The list is endless.... the Ransome Kutis, Soyinka,....Even if Obasanjo is made the President of the World, he will still feel little and unfulfilled. THat is the tragedy of inferiority complex. He must bring down somebody perceptively greater than him to feel fulfilled. His people know him very.That was why he had never won any election within his kit and kin. OBJ needs our collective prayers.

    From: EJ

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Obasanjo is a big fool. Period. He will soon meet his end. Looter!!!

    From: Apr. Gthery

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • obasanjo thrives in making controversial statements.i believe at no point did d iroko himself,d ojukwu of d universe make such comment.why didnt obasanjo say this when he was alive?i believe he obasanjo should stop playing God.the issues ojukwu went to war for years ago are still present today in nigeria.infact,obj should go and rest his old bones.

    From: viktor

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • i have a problem with this man called obj, is it that he doesnot understand english every well or what? but i know one thing he does not believe that any nigerian can be more important than him......but sorry obj , Dim can never , i repeat cannot be "remorseful" over civil war in another life he will still fight again....

    From: chidi nwokenna

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I am sure BABA Iyabo means well. The appropriate comments should be "regrets" for the difficulties the peoples experienced.

    From: Boba Baba

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Ojukwu of blessed memory is far better living dead basket mouth obasanjo!

    From: Musa

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • OBJ has never hidden his hatred for Igbo's, however Igbo's have always shown him pure love- Igbo's made his 2 time as president possible and worked for the nation to restore financial stability. Igbo's should ignore this statement for OBJ is now old and begining to loose his mind and senses. Could you believe that he said on his speech during his IITA award that Nigerian policies had failed in Agriculture over the years ie why Nigerians are still hungry. Baba should we see that as your form of remorse for having failed for over 10years as a Nigerian leader. May you old soul rest in peace as when you forgive yourself.

    From: Belgium Connection

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • It beats me hollow to read what people that hated Ojukwu for his guts have to say now that he is gone. Why do human beings have to sing praises of the dead and not when alive. For Obasonjo to open his mouth and utter such words I find insulting. If he had the guts why did he not make such statements when Our Ojukwu was alive? If he had done, he would have regretted it for the rest of his life. Ndi Igbo, be not deceived by such praises from our long standing enemies. If by now we do not know who our friends are we will be "proper foolish". Dim, though gone your efforts for our self esteem and determination will never be wiped out of the memories of Ndigbo. Your wish for Ndigbo will one day come to fruitsion.
    Our brother, "Night Night Sleep" we will meet again.

    From: George Etugo

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Ojukwu couldn't have been remorseful going by press reports of late. MASSOB celebrating his birthday with impunity and the so-called final words to Gov Obi before his passin-on. We ought to regret the death of one of our elders and so may his soul rest in peace but certainly no state burial(leave that to MASSOB) and of course no immortalisation whatsoever.

    From: Joe Egwu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Everybody should hold fire right there, As typical as only Nigerians can be, everyone is up in arms,without an iota of insight to what OBJ may be trying to say.. That Chief Ojukwu has passed will always be sad for millions of people, He is/was indeed a people's champion at all times, but perhaps what OBJ was alluding to was the clear fact because of the carnage, the deaths, the displacements of millions of Nigerians (on both sides of the divide) Chief Ojukwu was remorseful for that and that alone.

    I personally think that like the first coup plotters before him (Nzeogu and co), all these young soldiers were naievely idealist in their thoughts of nationhood and nation building at that time. While Ojukwu's intentions were honest...he was only 33 (though his hands may have been forced by the brutal genocide in the North) It is possible that very many years later, with the mellowness that comes with maturity and with profound and sober reflections in life , he may have( to quote OBJ correctly) shown signs of remorse.

    The Nigeria/Biafra war was the first full scale bloodletting of such horrible magnitude in Africa, it is my belief that most people spitting blood here baying for more war on these blogs never truly experienced that strife. For nearly 3 years Nigeria went through hell. Eminent death, rape, destruction, starvation, plundering, displacements to mention a few.

    That Nigeria survived to remain a nation 44 years on is quite remarkable in its self

    From: Bellerikki U.K

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Shame to you Obasanjo!!! You should first feel remorse and apologise to Nigeria for trying to negotiate with the Islamic terrorists’ group in Nigeria, “Boko Your-Ham”. Shame on you !!!!!!!!!

    From: Stephen Eze

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • OBJ you should be ashamed of yourself by trying to compare youself with Ojukwu.He fought for the betterment of his people,while you everyone knows what you stand for.

    From: A Kwapgai

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • GENERAL ODUMEGWU OJUKWU ONCE SAID THAT HE WILL FIGHT AGAIN IF......PLEASE HELP ME TELL OBASANJO TO STOP DREAMING. OBJ IS TOTALLY INFERIOR IN PERSON AND EDUCATION TO OJUKWU. OBJ COULD NOT WIN HIS WARD IN HIS VILLAGE AND OJUKWU IS THE LIFE LEADER OF A POLITICAL PARTY.IF YOU CAN NOT SAY SOMETHING MEANINGFUL, THEN PLEASE SHUT UP

    From: UCHE ANAJE

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Obasanjo is an IDIOT..frankly am being very charitable here!

    From: kelechi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • obj is an idiot.

    From: kelechi onuoha

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Sometimes i marvel by the way most people conceive matter and their sense of judgement, we should be very objective and not allow our emotions becloud our logical sense of reasoning. It will be apt to give a listening ears to the position of Obasanjo after-all he was also a prominent player during the civil war and also a friend of the late Ojukwu as history would have it. it is very possible that the Late Ojukwu confided his remorseful state to obasanjo and it might also be a white lie by Obasanjo because he is a politician with outdated ideas and principles.

    From: Olaoye Adeyemi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I think these baba's coincidences are getting out of hand. Everywhere he visits, people die. Remember his visit to the inlaw of the boko harams? He is now in London and Dim is dead. This ur ogboni society and blood sucking, u no go leave am? I'm pretty sure you would have been happy if you caught and killed Ojukwu (de great one) during the war. If he visits Ibb today, you hear that Ibb don kaput. Coward that was begging Mohammed Abacha and still afraid of Al-Mustapha. One small pikin go soon squeeze that ya mouth. I hope you heard what Condolisa Rice said against you? Do you have any defense? We no fit talk ya matter finish. Na OFN we wan start abi na hatred for Atiku abi na ya pikin wife own abi na Stella wey ogboni society carry becos of 3rd tenure. Repent!!! or Perish!!! No come my house o. Odumegwu, my inlaw, Rest In Perfect Peace.

    From: Onoja O.

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Obasanjo killed Bola Ige, Used his wife for ritual and now he had the guts to talk about Ikemba's bravery. "I CAN'T WAIT FOR HIS DEATH TO BE ANNOUNCED ONE DAY TOO" Rubbish!!!!

    From: TJ London

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Fellow Nigerians, It is sad that our dear General Ojukwu is no more. This is the time to thank God for the life that he lived and for all he stood for. Nigerians are known to be very forgiving people, let us forgive president Obasanjo for whatever he has said, I know it might be had for some of us. God bless you for forgiving and God bless Nigeria

    From: Ben A

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • I've been refraining myself in calling Obasanjo an "idiot".Why should Ojukwu show remorse for fighting for what he believed in?Please,Ikemba was never a puppet and the issues he stood and fought against are still prevalent today in Nigeria.Obasanjo needs to hide his head in shame for making such allusions!

    From: Obie Kingsley

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Don't blame him for what he said,he just used words he don't know the meaning.But,OBJ,ignorance is not an excuse.Nigerians,tell me more about the attitude of his daughter (Iyabo) as a senator,then I will tell u the kind of father he is and how he want this country to be like.He's just a fool @70s

    From: ayodele

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • obasanjo,obasanjo and obasanjo.your time is coming and we shall know where you belong in the history of nigeria.it's a pity that you have mouth to talk.dirty pig like you.

    From: Chief Elochukwu Duruaku

    Posted: 2 years ago

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