Ojukwu honoured in Anambra, as Jonathan commission’s statue

A stature in honour of the late Biafra leader has been erected at a strategic entry point into the south eastern part of the country.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday commissioned the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu Gateway in Onitsha as part of his one-day official visit to Anambra.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Jonathan said the gateway stands as a symbol of unity in the South-East and prayed that the cause for which the late leader was known not die. He said the strategic site of the statue would always bring to mind the memories of the late politician and urged the people not to allow his dream die.

Speaking earlier, Governor Peter Obi of Anambra said the gateway is the first point of contact with the South East, hence its choice for the immortalisation of Odumegwu-Ojukwu. He prayed that the statue would always touch the minds of the Igbo to think and act as one.

Bianca Ojukwu, the widow of Mr. Ojukwu, said she is delighted with the decision of the state government to honour her late husband in a special way.

Also speaking, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo said the gateway would surely bind the Igbo together on sighting the statue.

Present at the commissioning were Senators Chris Ngige and Andy Uba, Representatives Uche Ekwunife, and Victor Ogene, as well as former Minister of Information and Communication, Dora Akunyili, among others.

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