Wednesday, November 30, 2011
OJUKWU WAS A REAL MAN, ICHEOKU MOURNS HIS DEMISE.
“Ojukwu will remain in the heart of every Igbo man or woman and even those yet to be born and that is the greatest immortalising anybody can live for. Monuments can’t make anybody’s memory eternal but what that person stood for. The Bible says, to live in the heart of those who love you is not to die. So, Ojukwu has not suffered death in the hearts and minds of Igbo people. In a hundred years, in two hundred years the Igbo people will continue to feel a sense of loss because Ojukwu lived and died an Igbo man.” - Chief Victor Umeh, APGA National Chairman. Icheoku agrees intoto with the high chief and adds that Chief Odumegwu Chukwuemeka Ojukwu was a man who truly lived like a man and stood up when it mattered most, guided by his unwavering convictions.
The Igbo nation will dearly miss their only true son and proven leader; a man who mortgaged his very comfortable and uber upbringing and went to the mats to secure the dignity of the people of the then Eastern Region of Nigeria especially the Igbo people of the Southeast. Icheoku says Ojukwu was not just a fair weather Igbo man or Igbo leader when convenient; Ojukwu was not also an Igbo leader contractor propagandizing for LPOs; no, Chief Odumegwu Chukwuemeka Ojukwu was the embodiment of the Igbo race and its alter ego extra-ordinaire. His wasn't about convenience but conviction. His kind is no longer made and cannot be found in Igboland as the Almighty patented and retired the mold with which he made him. Put in another way, Ojukwu is simply irreplaceable. Adieu Ikemba.