My husband's death has created leadership vaccum in Igbo land-Mrs Bianca Ojukwu


My husband's death has created leadership vaccum in Igbo land-Mrs Bianca Ojukwu

Former Nigerian Ambassador to Spain and wife of late Igbo leader, Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, said on Saturday said that the death of her husband, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu  had created leadership vaccum in Igbo land

She said at a critical moment in the nation’s this was when her late husband and prominent igbo people exhibited obvious leadership qualities.

Mrs. Ojukwu spoke at the 11th Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu memorial ceremony organised by the leader of BIM/MASSOB, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, at the Okukwu Library Arcade in Owerri.

She said there was a system failure in Nigeria which has left the country as vast wasteland bearing no hope for the people.


She said the people of South East, in particular, lack courageous, respected and selfless leaders who could speak out for them now.

She urged Ndigbo to be fully prepared ahead of 2023 elections and ensure they effectively participate.

" Learn to hold your leaders accountable and take actions that will guarantee the wellbeing and future of your children," she said.


She continued, “on a day like this, we remember what Dim Ojukwu did for Ndigbo, as we inch towards the 2023 elections, it dawns on us to act well".


She regretted that we had never witnessed the kind of brutal killings in Igbo land in recent times, saying why are we seeing this? It's because the entirety of Igbo youths, and Nigeria have a Nigeria that is a premature resting place of their hopes and aspirations.

“We remember Ojukwu today because he would have spoken for his people. Ojukwu would have demanded for the release of Nnamdi Kanu. It’s only in Nigeria that government would ignore court judgments ordering Kanu’s release. 

"I hereby call for the immediate and unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. I do so because no nation that holds its citizens hostage can have peace. No nation that also holds the future of its citizens to ransom can progress. As Igbo, its is in our genealogy to make progress, so, no one can hold us down,” Mrs. Ojukwu said.


The former envoy commended Uwazuruike for initiating and hosting the annual event in honour of Ojukwu, saying, “APGA, the party Ojukwu strived to build could not host memorial for him, yet a single person has instituted this and also built a gigantic Ojukwu Library in his honour.”

Earlier in an address, Chairman of the occasion and former Green Eagles coach, Mr Fanny Amun, thanked Uwazuruike for seeking peaceful for agitation by the Igbo people.

He called for continued peace and national cohesion adding that in due course, the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians would be met.


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