TRIBUTES poured in for the late Chief Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu yesterday as leaders and groups highlighted how the Biafran leader’s life
impacted the nation.
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) said that Odumegwu-Ojukwu’s death robbed Nigeria of a veritable voice of wisdom at a critical time in the country’s history.
Citing his leading role in nation building, the House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to immortalise the late Odumegwu-Ojukwu.
President of the Senate, David Mark and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu described the late Odumegwu-Ojukwu as a hero and an Iroko
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Kola Ologbodion , Mark said that Odumegwu-Ojukwu remained one of the greatest Nigerians that ever lived.
He noted that Odumegwu-Ojukwu was a great fighter who stood for justice, equality before the law, fairness and freedom to all citizens.
In a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Uche Anichukwu, Ekweremadu said that the story of Ikemba Nnewi was like an interesting folktale which every well meaning Nigerian would have naturally wished it never came to an end.
“A mighty Iroko has fallen and a big masquerade has touched the ground, Ojukwu was a legend, intellectual, patriot, and a great statesman who contributed immensely to the development of the nation’’, he said .
“We are calling on President Goodluck Jonathan to immortalise this gentleman, officer, courageous, successful politician and a leaders’ leader,’’ the chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Zakari Mohammed, said in a statement.
Also, Deputy Speaker of the House, Emeka Ihedoha said that Odumegwu-Ojukwu played a great role in the evolution of Nigeria’s socio-political history.
“Love him or hate him, his landmark contributions in making Nigeria what she is today cannot be dimmed by his passage to the great beyond,’’ he added
In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the ACN described Odumegwu-Ojukwu as a man whose own personal history was closely intertwined with that of Nigeria, hence
the country’s history would be incomplete without a reference to him.
‘’Chief Ojukwu actions in his lifetime impacted hugely on the history of Nigeria and helped shape the country’s destiny. More importantly, his endless quest for fairness and justice was reflected in his unmatched love for his
people, and the sacrifices he made on their behalf,’’ it said.
The President , Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor said that Odumegwu-Ojukwu’s death was tragic and a huge loss to Nigeria. He said that he would be remembered as one of the brave soldiers in the history of the country. “His boldness and courage in defending and fighting for the interest of his Igbo clan cannot be forgotten”, he said.
Col. Abubakar Umar (rtd) and the Governor of Kaduna State, Mr. Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa said that that his footprints in history would continue to remain visible .
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) said that Odumegwu-Ojukwu stood to fight for his people at all times.
The Forum’s National Publicity Secretary, Anthony Sani, in a statement said : “Chief Ojukwu was a seminal figure in Nigeria. To some, he was a symbol of patriotic courage who went as far as efforts could go to fight for his people who wanted their burden lifted and barriers to realizing their rights broken.
“To some others, the chief cut across the grain. And that is why the history of Nigeria cannot be written without a page for Chief Ojukwu. That may also account for why however we love and miss the late chief, we cannot trade places with those who directly bore the brunt of his actions at some point in history. May his soul rest in peace.”
Umar (rtd) said, the late Odumegwu-Ojukwu “was such a great man. I had a lot of respect for the late Ikemba . I remember in 1986, I invited him to Kaduna as one of the important guests at the launching of Kaduna State people’s reorientation campaign.”
Umar said further: “Chief Ojukwu was a great military leader, a brilliant military officer and in spite of all that happened between 1966 and 1970, he was a great Nigerian. We will therefore remember him as such. He is a great loss to Nigeria and a great loss to humanity. He was such a brilliant man and he died at a time when we need the counsel of elders like him. We pray to God to have mercy on his soul.”
In a statement by his media aide, Mr. Reuben Buhari, Governor Yakowa remarked that “His love for equity, justice and fairness will always stand him out as one of the greatest personalities in modern Nigeria.”
The World Igbo Congress [WIC] described him as “our pride of the Igbo Fleet.”
In a statement, the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) National Chairman, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu described the late Odumegwu-Ojukwu as a great Nigerian who stood firmly for what he believed in and remained tireless in his pursuit for justice and equity. Odumegwu Ojukwu was one of the founding leaders of the party and a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT).
The wife of the late former Biafran leader, Bianca Ojukwu , will return to the country tomorrow from London where she had been attending to her husband.
A family source told The Guardian at Odumegwu-Ojukwu’s residence in Enugu yesterday that Bianca and other family members would leave London tomorrow for Nigeria to attend to numerous visitors on condolence visit as well as “brief family members on his death.”
Meanwhile, a condolence register with a portrait of the former Biafran leader has been opened at his Enugu residence. The leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra [MASSOB], Chief Ralph Uwazuruike was seen directing the decoration of the expansive residence which commenced yesterday.
Among the early callers yesterday at the residence were Senator Chris Ngige, wife of Cross River State Governor, Obioma Imoke and Amb. Greg Mbadiwe .
“The family of Dim chukwuemeka Ojukwu, the Ezeigbo gburugburu has lost a great man. A great loss; but his spirit lives on and the people of former eastern region will greatly remember him as a wise and great man”, Ngige wrote.
Former vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory, Anthony Agbo, said the death of the Ikemba Nnewi had cost the Igbo their identity.
Agbo, who was also once the Speaker of the old Enugu House of Assembly lamented: “Great rumbles in the nether world; as a mighty ancestral spirit takes a bow. Ojukwu was a great African Prince. He squarely symbolized the unbending determinism and enterprising spirit of the Igbo force. He was a restless conscience of the Nigeria nation. Igbos should take up a lamentation for their identity. Where is our calabash of libation to the ancestors?”
Man United and Arsenal Go Head To Head In The Premier League on DStv
It’s another big weekend for Manchester United as they face Arsenal in the English Premier League on Sunday November 1, 2020.
Still battling with a wobbly start to the new season, the Red Devils will be looking forward to ending their home games woes as they face the Gunners at the Old Trafford in the Super Sunday match.
United head into the match under intense pressure to regain fans’ confidence and get its Premier League campaign on track after an unimpressive home run. They have won their last 10 away games in all competitions but none of their last five at home.
It is United’s worst start to a season at Old Trafford in the last 48 years.
The once dreaded Old Trafford where opponents visit with their hearts in their mouths is fast becoming a common ground after United suffered 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace, 6-1 to Tottenham and refused to score a goal against the Blues last weekend. It is left to be seen whether Arsenal will come close to repeating the 6-1 plummeting of United by its North London rivals.
Despite losing 1-0 to Leicester City on Monday night, the Gunners boss, Mikel Arteta, will be boosted by the fact that his side has a head to head advantage over United in their last three encounters.
The head to head record appears to favour Arsenal having won two and drawn one of the duo's last three league meetings while United’s last win against Arsenal was in the FA Cup in 2019.
Arsenal presently at 10th place on nine points travel to Old Trafford on Sunday without Gabriel Martinelli, Pablo Mari, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers have all been ruled out with injury. David Luiz who picked up a muscular injury against Leicester is also unsure for the game yet.
United with seven points sits at 15th place will also be without Anthony Martial still serving his domestic suspension, while Eric Bailly, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are all ruled out with injury.
While we look forward to the epic battle at Old Trafford this weekend live on DStv, we cannot lose sight of matches from the 18 other Premier League clubs that will all be in action this weekend. The games will also be live on
SuperSport Premier League for all DStv customers.
Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew
Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.
Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.
Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.
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The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.
Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.
“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.
“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.
“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”
Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest
Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.
The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.
According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.
After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.
Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.
Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.
“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.
“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”
Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.
He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.
“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.
“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”
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