By: Awesome Ekene
Amb. Bianca Ojukwu, wife of late Biafran warlord, Chief Odimegwu Ojukwu has thrown her weight behind the call for the release of detained leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Mrs Ojukwu made the call during the tenth memorial celebration of her husband late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu on Friday in Owerri.
The event was organised by Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, the leader of Movement for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Biafra Independence Movement (BIM).
Ojukwu, former Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, said Mr President should consider the age and caliber of the Igbo personalities who recently visited him to appeal on behalf of Kanu.
She noted that releasing Kanu would bring peace, stability and security in the area.
She said what fuelled agitation for magnalization by some sections in the country was inequality in the distribution of the nation’s resources and positions.
“As presently constituted, the South-East geo-political zone is the only area that has not produced a representative in any of the security formations.
“The zone is also excluded from the investment being made in the railway while some many other critical infrastructure like roads are in bad shape”, she said.
Ojukwu’s widow said she was thankful to Chief Uwazuruike for consistently holding memorial celebration for her late husband in the past ten years.
“My late husband was former governor of old Eastern Region which today comprised five states of Abia, Ebonyi, Anambra, Enugu and Imo, yet it is only Uwazuruike that remembers my late husband”, she said.
Deputy governor of Anambra, Dr Nkem Okeke said the people of South-East geo-political zone need to come together to tackle challenges.
Okeke who described Ojukwu as a man of strength and integrity said all Igbo people need to sustain and celebrate his good ideals.
A guest speaker at the event, Prof. Proteus Uzoma, stressed the need for the federal government to arrange a roundtable discussion to address challenges plaguing the nation.
Mr Ahamefule Ojukwu, son of the deceased who chaired the event said his father lived for humanity and should be remembered even in death.