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Jonathan, Army Chief, others pay tribute to Ojukwu

Channels Television  
Updated February 28, 2012

President Goodluck Jonathan and other eminent Nigerians on Monday paid their last respect to the late Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Odumegwu Chukwuemeka Ojukwu who died in a London Hospital on 26 November, 2011.

The late Ojukwu was given a full military funeral parade. The casket was draped in the Nigerian flag complete with a green army cap.

His corpse arrived aboard a British Airways plane accompanied by members of his family, including his widow, Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu and some of his children. It was taken to the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja where a colourful military parade was held in his honour.

President Jonathan described Ojukwu as an advocate of a united Nigeria. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika described him as one of the architects of modern Nigerian Army.

To Vice President Namdi Sambo, “No word can adequately express the nature, character and legacies and lessons left by this soldier and gentle man.”

OWERRI STOOD STILL FOR OJUKWU

From Abuja, the body of the late Biafra warlord was flown to Owerri, the Imo state capital. The ever busy city stood still as the body of late ikemba nnewi arrived in the south east region of the country for the first time since his death.

The corpse arrived at the Sam Mbakwe International airport, Owerri at about 3.0 pm in a military aircraft, accompanied by his wife, his son Emeka Ojukwu Jnr and APGA National Chairman Victor Umeh.

The body of the late leader was received by the Imo state governor Rochas Okorocha, governor of Anambra state Peter Obi and some other notable south east politicians.

Shortly after, he was honored with a short military parade by the men of the Nigerian army at the airport.

The body was then taken round the city before taken to the heroes square for the final lying in state and service of songs.

Meanwhile, Tuesday February 28, has been declared public holiday in Abia state to enable residents come out to pay their last respects to the late elder statesman whose corpse will enter the state en route Enyimba stadium, aba.

According to Ojukwu jnr., his father’s body will be interred at about 5pm on Friday evening of 2nd of March after a requiem High Mass in Latin that will be celebrated by some Catholic Bishops in his country home, Nnewi.