The Chairman of Capital Oil and Gas, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah, on Sunday declared that the death of the late warlord, Odumegu Ojukwu, six years ago, signalled the commencement of a new era of Igbos and Nigeria in general.
Ubah made the remark to commemorate the 6th anniversary of the death of Ojukwu.
In a statement personally signed by him, entitled, “In Remembrance Of A Colossus, The Great Ikemba,” Ubah said Ojukwu’s “conviction, confidence, strength, character, wisdom and inspirational leadership availed the Igbos a strong identity,” in Nigeria.
The statement reads: “Today, the spirit of Ndi Igbo is awakened! On this day, six years ago, an era ended with the passing of our leader and the founding father of our great party, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (Ezegburugburu of Igboland).
“The glorious exit of this great Nationalist signalled the dawn of a new era for Ndi Igbo and Nigeria as a nation.
“Ojukwu’s conviction, confidence, strength, character, wisdom and inspirational leadership availed the Igbos a strong identity within the scheme of affairs in our country, Nigeria.
“He became THE LEADER when we, as a people were in dire need of one; a thundering voice and a breath of life into the overwhelming recognition we enjoy today as Igbos.
“As we at AFA IGBO EFUNA commemorate the 6th year of The Great Ikemba’s passing on to higher glory, nothing hurts more than the actuality that our hero is no longer here with us.
“However, on account of the fulfilled and noble life he lived, we join hands with Ndi Igbo and Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora to remember and celebrate an iconic life well lived and a journey through life well travelled.
“AFA IGBO EFUNA remains perpetually grateful for the legacy Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu bequeathed to us, Ndi Igbo, as we stay resolute in ensuring that the labour of our heroes past shall not be in vain. Continue to rest in peace, Ikemba Nnewi! Your memory and legacy lives forever in our hearts.”