Nigeria: 1 000s gather for Ojukwu burial

2012-03-02 14:53

Dakar/Abuja - Thousands of Nigerians travelled to south-eastern Nigeria on Friday for the burial of Biafran independence leader Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, Nigerian television reported.

Ojukwu declared independence for the region of Biafra in 1967. The resulting civil war killed more than a million people, but many Nigerians still see Ojukwu as a legendary freedom fighter.

After losing his independence bid and being officially pardoned by the Nigerian government following a 13-year exile, Ojukwu returned to the political stage and ran twice for president.

Ojukwu, who was 78, died in England last year, but his multi-day funeral was only taking place now.

Television reported that a military band would be playing at the event. President Goodluck Jonathan was also expected to attend.

On Friday, the Nigerian newspaper The Vanguard said Ojukwu would be remembered for his "fearlessness, courage, outspokenness and stoic belief in justice, equity and fairness".

The newspaper applied a William Shakespeare quote to Ojukwu's death. "When beggars die, there are no comets seen, but the heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes."

Last year, Jonathan praised Ojukwu as a man whose "love for his people forced him into the leading role he played in the Nigerian civil war."

  • Herbert - 2012-03-03 23:22

    Oh..... Death you have eatting more than you should!Were is your power? You never show respect to any one..Yes you are a debpt each and every one of us must pay one day.You land... don,t you look at face before eating any thing that comes youe take the old,young,poor and rich..can,t you for once reject something?! Papa Chukwuemeka Ojukwu,it is so painful a great hero like you to travel just like thatbut you realy live behind a mermoria. If it is something one can make an exchage,i would have ask death to exchage with the life of our bad ledaers out there that is embasering the goverment fund as if it is their family inheritance. But, one thing is sure even if you Dady ojukwu can die just this way who konws who it will be his or her turn to pay the same prize.Awlways konw this any were you are right now,yes you passed away all your plains for Biafra will never pass by.I konw too well that it must come to pass one day.if not in this very genaretion it might be the one to come.But all your dreams for Biafra must come through. Now they are saying one thing or the other just because you are not there why don,t they praise you while you are still alive.. Never mind them. silver nor Gold i have not to offer but i must give what i have.May your soul rest in the boosm of almighty God till we all answer this same call and meet on the last day, were death have no power over us again. One love Papa and peace to your soul. H .O.S

      Agoziem - 2012-03-23 14:49

      Herbert you comment in a very good way. Let me stand on the protocol.... DEATH is something that WE cannot AVOID. We cannot ABOLISHE it,INEVITABILITY. Ojukwu was a man of courage,brave and fairless man. All i like to say is,let ojukwu type come AGAIN!!!.

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