•Emeka Ojukwu Jr.
Biafra Nations Youth League (BNYL) has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech in Ebonyi State, where he urged Igbos to ignore secession propaganda by Pro Biafra agitators. The group also castigated Emeka Ojukwu Jr., son of the late Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu for supporting the All Progressives Congress (APC).
BNYL leader, Princewill Obuka said the President’s visit to the South East region was politically motivated and has nothing to do with the welfare of the people and development of the region.
He recalled the visit to Cross River State, of the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, where he declared a state of emergency on Ogoja/Ikom/Calabar superhighways, noting that nothing has been done since then.
“This is two years and some months he (Buhari) assumed leadership of Nigeria. He never visited, he has never commissioned any reasonable projects, instead he focuses on the north and we are seeing the level of what he has done for them. His visit is not in our interest but for his political interest.
“We are tired of the deceit from Nigerian government, it is no longer news that they will come and promise us Second Niger Bridge, Superhighways, even heaven and earth, all lies.”
Reacting to Emeka Ojukwu Jr. joining the APC in Anambra State, the BNYL leader said: “Politics and independence movements are political activities but in two different categories. It doesn’t affect the struggle. Emeka jnr does not command respect among Igbos, neither do we look up to him. Ojukwu had many children, among all there must be bad eggs.
“But I think Debe Ojukwu the eldest among Ojukwu’s children has exhibited more maturity in identifying with the Biafran cause, being on the legal side of the struggle as the lead counsel to Bilie Human Rights Initiative, and member of the Ikedife led IPOB Council of Elders, even though he has his own political affiliation. We see him as someone who still respect what his father fought and lived for.”
Continuing, he said the wife of Ojukwu, Bianca also betrayed her husband immediately after his death by accepting appointment from Nigerian government as Ambassador to Spain. “In Igbo culture, when your husband dies, the respect you owe him is ‘Igba Mkpe’ (mourning mood). In that period you will avoid certain things, but she hurriedly accepted Jonathan’s appointment,” Obuka said.
He charged Pro Biafra agitators to emulate the late literary icon, Chinua Achebe who rejected appointment and awards from Nigerian government and “documented his grievances in a novel titled ‘There was a country’.