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Biafran leader Ojukwu finally dies

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Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu is now dead. News reaching ghanabusinessnews.com says. The man highly respected and idolised by the Igbos of Nigeria died in a hospital in London Friday November 25, 2011.

The man who led the separatist group that sparked one of the bloodiest civil wars in Africa known as the Biafran war was reported to have died on August 10, 2011 at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in London. The news that shook the Igbo world both at home in Nigeria and in the diaspora was later denied. New York based online information source, Sahara Reporters, reported that Ikemba Odumegwu-Ojukwu of Nnewi, the iconic Igbo leader is not dead, as claimed on Twitter and Facebook.

In a report citing one of Ojukwu’s children, Okigbo Odumegwu-Ojukwu and sources within the London hospital where Ojuckwu was on admission, the website said he was alive.

Ojukwu has been ill for sometime now and several rumours have gone around in the past announcing his death.

However, today’s news says the Ikemba is indeed gone home to be with his ancestors.

Ojukwu was born on November 4, 1933 at Zungeru in northern Nigeria.

He served in the Nigerian Army and led the three-year Biafran war from 1967 to 1970.

By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi

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11 comments

  1. Prince of Erete Land

    A mighty Iroko tree has fallen, Who Can replace him???????? Oh! “IKEMBA” R . I . P

  2. time!time!time for every thing but all the season unto heaven the ocean flow by its bank,sun set and sun down but who can tell the mind of the creator who will only smile @ us like the father will to his children ojukwu veni vidi vici.

  3. Odenigbo ngwo.
    Eze igbo Gburugburu
    Udo na kpu enyi
    Eze Biafra
    Ltconel odimegwu Ojukwu
    May ur soul rest in peace

  4. So many tears in my eye, i no fit shout cos i dey vex, but am saying GO IN PEACE Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu. RIP warlord i belive God loves u must. if remenber Old Biafran let me see ur hands in de air.

  5. ikemba nnewi, nigeria,africa and ndi igbo in general has lost a great man. U died a hard man. May u rest in peace. U are a hero indeed!

  6. Who can challenge the will of God almighty towards its creatures. Ikemba Odumuegwu Ojukwu was a hero who believes in the power of God and had compassion on his fellow country man especially Ndi Igbo in particular. may ur gengle soul rest in the bosoom of the Lord. Amen. Uwa gi ozo gabu na ala Igbo maka na imasiri Ndi Igbo nile gburugburu.

  7. Rest in perfect peace ikemba ndigbo…………..your legacies lives on

  8. am very sad dat we d igbo don’t have a leader any more, we can save us in dis country? I need d answer, 2 consoul my self

  9. Ebenebe egwuola!! Onu n’ekwulu ora e jebe go!! O gini mel’anyi ife a? The entire Igbo nation mourns DEEPLY! Adieu, Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu. Nna m ochie, ijeoma ooo. Ndi Igbo ndo nu o! so so sad…

  10. The best leader Nigeria rejected is dead,the one who fought against injustice which the northerners unleashed onthe Easterners/Igbos/,a loving,caring and patrotic Icon is dead.

  11. may ur soul rest in peace IKEMBA ndi IGBO