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Ojukwu Is Dead; President Jonathan release statement; Ojukwu’s speech during Biafra War

Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, President of Nigeria’s breakaway republic, Biafra, during Nigeria’s civil war that left 1 million dead, died in a London hospital on Saturday after a prolonged illness following a stroke. He was 78.
A 1966 coup led primarily by army officers of Igbo descent from Nigeria’s southeast shot and killed Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, a northerner, and the premier of northern Nigeria, Ahmadu Bello.
Northerners, enraged about the death of its leaders, attacked Igbos living there. Approximately 10,000 people died in resulting riots. Many Igbos fled back to their ancestral land, Nigeria’s southeast region.
Ojukwu, then 33, served as the military governor for the southeast region of Nigeria. The son of a knighted wealthy Man, Ojukwu studied history at Oxford University and attended a military officer school in Britain. In 1967, he declared the southeast region, including a section of the oil-rich Niger Delta, Republic of Biafra. Ojukwu’s announcement ignited 31 months of intense fighting between Biafra and Nigeria.
Head of State during that period, General Yakubu Gowon, adopted the slogan “to keep Nigeria one is a task that must be done”; he led Nigeria’s merciless operation during the war that led to the defeat of Biafra.
It can be noted that Biafra and Nigeria received support from foreign governments during the civil war.
Below, is the statement President Goodluck Jonathan issued on the Death of Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.

President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has received with much sadness and a deep feeling of great national loss news of the passing away of Chief Chukwemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu in the United Kingdom.
President Jonathan joins Chief Ojukwu’s family, the government and people of his home state, Anambra, the entire Igbo people of Nigeria and his friends, associates and followers across the country in mourning him.
The President urges them to be comforted by the knowledge that Chief Ojukwu lived a most fulfilled life, and has in passing on, left behind a record of very notable contributions to the evolution of modern Nigeria which will assure his place in the history of the country.
President Jonathan believes that late Chief Ojukwu’s immense love for his people, justice, equity and fairness which forced him into the leading role he played in the Nigerian civil war, as well as his commitment to reconciliation and the full reintegration of his people into a united and progressive Nigeria in the aftermath of the war, will ensure that he is remembered forever as one of the great personalities of his time who stood out easily as a brave, courageous, fearless, erudite and charismatic leader.
The President calls on Chief Ojukwu’s family, his associates and followers to make his rites of passage a celebration of his most worthy and memorable life spent in the service of his people and the nation.
He prays that God Almighty will grant Chief Ojukwu’s soul eternal rest from his earthly labours.

Reuben Abati, Ph.D.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
November 26, 2011

Below, are videos of Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu’s speech to citizens of Biafra during the Nigerian civil war

2 Responses to “Ojukwu Is Dead; President Jonathan release statement; Ojukwu’s speech during Biafra War”

  1. Vito Okonski says:

    You are my inhalation , I have few blogs and sometimes run out from to brand.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for putting this up, its important that this moment in history be remembered and contemplated upon.


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