THE DEAD ARE YOUR BEST WITNESSES
President Muhammadu Buhari in his post vacation address to Nigerians invoked the name of the late General Odimegwu Ojukwu. Buhari had been in London for 105 days to treat an undisclosed illness.
He claimed that Ojukwu disavowed secession in a conversation with him:
“In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.”
Anyone who wants Nigeria to remain in this present configuration must be gaming the system to his/her advantage.
President Buhari never revealed the reasons for the dramatic conclusion. His discussions with Ojukwu must be open to public debate. It is extremely pretentious and highly arrogant for two military dictators to decide the fate of Nigeria without any input from Nigerians. Audiotapes of the conversation will be extremely helpful.
The late Prof Sam Aluko also revealed his conversations with Ojukwu after Ojukwu’s death and made several unsubstantiated claims:
Africastallestman must reveal what Ojukwu told Africastallestman in London in 2005. Ojukwu warned that if Nigeria continues to marginalize Igbos and other Biafrans, a new champion of Biafra, much more powerful than himself shall arise. Is his prophesy being fulfilled?
Since Ojukwu has left the stage without a memoir, anyone with an Ojukwu story should
forward his/her story to Africastallestman for publication. Dead people cannot respond to or corroborate stories.
Africastallestman urges the present Nigerian leadership to deal with the problems they have created. These problems were not of the same magnitude or characteristic, when the late General Ojukwu spoke to them. New problems demand new solutions.
One more deadman story, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe in an interview with Africastallestman in 1995 regretted that he did not push for the partition of Nigeria at independence as Sir Alhaji Ahmadu Bello had demanded. India avoided Nigeria-type problems by partition.
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Zik told my late Uncle Professor JBC Okala a similar thing. Of course Profess JBC Okala told me, his nephew, Professor Chinedu Okala.
I don’t remember what Ojukwu told me.
Toldmemt is toldment.
India is still a Democratic country in spite the partition. The lgbos have the opportunity to have Biafra as an independent country but it was not meant to be because of our greed, corruption, love of money and other reasons I’m not ready to list in this comment.
Igbos did not invent “greed, corruption, love of money, and other reasons.” There are other tribes far more endowed with those virtues that achieved statehood. Ireland achieved independence after the second try. Germany became stronger despite losing two wars. I would like you to read these two posts below to fully understand democracy and the partition of India.
I do not understand your assertion that “India is still a democratic country in spite the partition.” Isn’t Nigeria a “democracy?” They still have elections in North Korea where Kim Jong-un scores 105%. Do not confuse elections with democracy. Real democracy died with the Athenian City State. All we have in the world today are pseudo-democracies.
There is no peace in a country with counterbalancing Christian and Muslim populations. Signs of Hindu-Muslim schism are appearing in India under the BJP government. As the Muslim population burgeons in India, the internecine war will intensify. If you still have questions, please post them.