OJUKWU MEMORIAL: Ndigbo remain indebted to Jonathan – Bianca


November 26, 2023

Bianca Ojukwu

Bianca Ojukwu

By Dennis Agbo

Wife of the late Igbo leader, Her Excellency Mrs Bianca Ojukwu has disclosed that the Ndigbo will forever remain indebted to former President Goodluck Jonathan for giving Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu a state burial.null

Bianca who dedicated the 12th edition of the Ojukwu Memorial Day celebration to Goodluck Jonathan said that the former President did not only ensure that her late husband got a befitting burial, but was also interested in his medical treatments before he passed on.https://live.primis-amp.tech/content/video/amp/videoIframe.php?s=114290#amp=1

Speaking, on Sunday, at the 12th Ojukwu Memorial Day celebration in Owerri, Mrs Ojukwu recalled that the President rushed to Enugu to see Ojukwu when he fell ill and went on to provide the air ambulance with which Ojukwu was flown to London hospital where he spent seven months before he passed on.

“This year’s memorial is a tribute edition dedicated to His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan. He kept a tab, calling until God’s wish happened. Jonathan is not an Igbo but Ijaw, yet he ensured there were 28 funeral events in 28 states of Nigeria and 80 funeral Services in 80 countries of the world. He and his wife followed my husband until he was laid to rest in Nnewi.

“For President Jonathan, I’d say that every civilization will ultimately be measured by the discharge of its debt of decorum to the departed; For in death is man at his most vulnerable state; Its noblest parting gift remains nothing other than Dignity.

“Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the Igbo nation remains indebted to you. That you were able to accord this unprecedented honour and care to our icon and our hero, regardless of tribe or creed, under a leadership uncontaminated by the prejudices of the past, speaks volumes of your mettle.

“Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu indeed was blessed to encounter a brother across the Niger at that bridge between life and death, and of a truth, you bestowed, not only upon him but upon the entire Igbo Nation, that parting gift of dignity at their icon’s most vulnerable moments. Your soothing balm spread across the grief of a people.

“The Roman philosopher, Cicero it was, who said that ‘Gratitude is not only the greatest of all virtues, but the parent of all others….’ Dr Jonathan, Ndigbo are a grateful nation. We deeply appreciate these precious gestures towards our beloved hero, in life, and death. it shall always be well with you and your family; history will be kind to you, and the prayers of the entire nation will always go with you,” Bianca eulogized

Guest speaker, Prof Protus Uzoma said that the legacy Ojukwu left behind transcends time, noting that every Igbo must learn the language of peace, unity and love.

“Ojukwu is still alive because his philosophy lives after him. He fought for the unity of this country, but the Igbo man is yet to be appreciated for the role he played. The principle of federal character must be maintained. The time has come for us to sit up, how many of our leaders can come together to say that Dim Odumegwu-Ojukwu must be celebrated

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