Anambra University Renamed After Ojukwu

Anambra State University in Uli has been renamed after the Late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu in celebration of his 80th posthumous birthday. 

The Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, announced the renaming in a live broadcast on the television station of the Anambra Broadcasting Service.

He reiterated the commitment of his administration to restoring standards which demand a simultaneous transformation of all sectors and the recognition of role models.

He urged the people of Anambra State to continue to seek ways of making the state a great one.

Late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu was a Nigerian military officer and politician. He served as the Military Governor of the Eastern Region of Nigeria in 1966.

He was the leader of the unsuccessful breakaway Republic of Biafra from 1967 to 1970 and a Nigerian politician from 1983 until he died on November 26, 2011, aged 78.

Ojukwu gives Bianca largest share of his estate

The will of the late Biafran warlord, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, was on Friday presented to the family with his widow, Bianca Ojukwu, getting the lion’s share.

Bianca Ojukwu with her late husband Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu

The presentation by the Chief Registrar of the Enugu State High Court, Dennis Ekoh, was witnessed by Mrs Ojukwu, Val Nwosu, Ojukwu’s first cousin, and Mike Ejemba.

In the will, the late Ojukwu identified one Tenny Haman as one of his children.

Ojukwu listed the children as Tenny Haman, Chukwuemeka Jnr, Mmegha, Okigbo, Ebele, Chineme, Afam and Nwachukwu.

He gave the Casabianca Lodge at No. 7, Forest Crescent, GRA, Enugu, two properties at Jabi and Kuje in the FCT as well as all his money and personal effects to his widow.

He also said Bianca should replace him as the trustee in the family company, Ojukwu Transport Limited, while also giving her two plots of land in his village at Nnewi.

He, however, added that if she re-married, the land should be taken away from her.

The first son, Emeka Jnr., got the family house at Nnewi, while the newly mentioned daughter, Tenny Haman, got the Jubilee Hotel located in Zaria, Kaduna State.

The Ikemba of Nnewi also shared other landed property in the village among all his children.

Ojukwu listed the trustees and executors of the will to include Bianca, Emeka Jnr and James Chukwuneme.

Reacting to the will, Bianca, who is Nigeria’s Ambassador to Spain, expressed satisfaction with its contents.

“It was a fair will. This time round, he did not disappoint us,’’ she said.

The ambassador, however, expressed shock at the disclosure of a new daughter in the family, whom she said had never been mentioned by her husband.

Pray for Ojukwu to rest in peace, Obi tells Nigerians

The Anambra state governor, Peter Obi, has appealed to the people of Anambra state and Nigerians to set aside November4th , for prayers of the peaceful repose of the late Igbo icon, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.

In a press release signed by the secretary to the state government, Oseloka Obaze, the governor made the call against the backdrop of the late Odumegwu Ojukwu’s birthday.

He added that apart from offering special prayers for the soul of the late Ikemba, the Anambra state government will mark his posthumous birthday by visiting the camps of all the displaced persons by the recent flood disaster in the state.

Leaders Tasked to Emulate Chukwuemeka Ojukwu

Prominent persons and leaders of Igbo land tasked the leaders in the country to emulate the attributes of justice, equity and peace as displayed by the late Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu so that stability will once again return to Nigeria.

At a mass rally in honour of the departed leader, prominent Igbo leaders said only courageous leaders who act with neither fear nor favour can restore the peace and security that have eluded the country for many months now.

They urged the present leaders to learn from the many attributes of Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu and right the many wrongs that has pushed Nigeria down into the depths.

Ojukwu was a Nigerian military officer and politician,he served as the military governor of the Eastern Region of Nigeria in 1966, the leader of the breakaway Republic of Biafra from 1967 to 1970 and a leading Nigerian politician from 1983 to 2011, when he died, aged 78.

Ojukwu came into national prominence upon his appointment as military governor in 1966 and his actions thereafter.

A military coup against the civilian Nigerian federal government in January 1966 and a counter coup in July 1966 by different military factions, perceived to be ethnic coups, resulted in pogroms in Northern Nigeria in which Igbos were predominantly killed.

Ojukwu who was not an active participant in either coup was appointed the military governor of Nigeria’s Eastern region in January 1966 by General Aguyi Ironsi.

In 1967, great challenges confronted the Igbos of Nigeria with the coup d’etat of 15 January 1966 led by Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu who was widely considered to be an outstanding progressive and was buried with full military honors when killed by those he fought against.

His coup d’etat was triggered by political lawlessness, and uncontrolled looting and lacing in the streets of Western Nigeria. Unfortunately the Sarduana of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello; the Prime Minister of Nigeria, Sir Tafawa Balewa; the Premier of the Western Region,Chief Ladoke Akintola and the Finance Minister, Chief Festus Okotie Eboh (among others including military officers) were killed in the process.

The pogrom of Igbos followed in Northern Nigeria beginning in July 1966.Eventually, then Lt. Col. Odumegwu Ojukwu declared Biafra’s Independence on 30 May 1967.

He led talks to seek an end to the hostilities by seeking peace with the then Nigerian military leadership, headed by General Yakubu Gowon (Nigeria’s head of state following the July 1966 counter coup).

The military leadership met in Aburi Ghana (the Aburi Accord), but the agreement reached there was not implemented to all parties satisfaction upon their return to Nigeria.

The failure to reach a suitable agreement, the decision of the Nigerian military leadership to establish new states in the Eastern Region and the continued pogrom in Northern Nigeria led Ojukwu to announce a breakaway of the Eastern Region under the new name Biafra republic in 1967.

These sequence of events sparked the Nigerian Civil War.

Ojukwu led the Biafran forces and on the defeat of Biafra in January 1970, and after he had delegated instructions to Philip Effiong he went into exile for 13 years, returning to Nigeria following a pardon

Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Mourned by Thousands

Thousands of people trooped to the Tafawa Balewa Square, venue for the Lagos state organised funeral rite occassion for Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu to pay their last respect to the late Biafran warlord.

In attendance were notable national leaders who came to pay their tributes to the deceased, describing him as one of the greatest leaders in Nigeria.

Speaking at the event, the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha who spoke in his native Igbo language, said that “with the departure of the icon, the Igbo nation must not mourn but celebrate the passage of Chief Ojukwu.” He said that Ojukwu is “not dead but alive.”

Chief Rochas charged every Igbo man that now is not the time to mourn but the time for them to rediscover themselves. He warned that “the ideals for which Ojukwu fought and died must never be in vain.”