How Odumegwu-Ojukwu united Nigerians, by Okonjo-Iweala

FOR the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the death of former Biafran leader Dim Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu has united the whole country.  She told The Guardian shortly after the internment of Odumegwu-Ojukwu at the weekend at Umudim community in Nnewi, Anambra State that the Ikemba Nnewi was a man who in death united the whole country, although when he was alive, he seemed “like a divisive figure. But that’s not the case; he has actually brought everybody together.”

Describing Odumegwu-Ojukwu as her hero and the hero of all Nigerians, she said: “During the war, my father was a brigadier in the Biafran army. I was also a teenager at the time. As I said in a tribute recently, I was cooking for the Biafran soldiers at the war front. So Ojukwu was my hero and he was the hero of all Nigerians, and we want his soul to rest in peace.”  She asked: “Have you ever seen someone who received the kind of tributes from all over the country, even from outside the shores of this nation? Look at the calibre of the personalities who attended the ceremony – from the Speaker of the House of Reps to the President, the First Lady. So we want to thank the Ojukwu family for having given us a great hero.”


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