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.