Below is a text of the Press Release issued by Dr. Reuben Abati on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan on the death of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.
OJUKWU’S PLACE IN NIGERIAN HISTORY IS ASSURED – PRESIDENT JONATHAN
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has received with much sadness and a deep feeling of great national loss news of the passing away of Chief Chukwemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu in the United Kingdom.
President Jonathan joins Chief Ojukwu’s family, the government and people of his home state, Anambra, the entire Igbo people of Nigeria and his friends, associates and followers across the country in mourning him.
The President urges them to be comforted by the knowledge that Chief Ojukwu lived a most fulfilled life, and has in passing on, left behind a record of very notable contributions to the evolution of modern Nigeria which will assure his place in the history of the country.
President Jonathan believes that late Chief Ojukwu’s immense love for his people, justice, equity and fairness which forced him into the leading role he played in the Nigerian civil war, as well as his commitment to reconciliation and the full reintegration of his people into a united and progressive Nigeria in the aftermath of the war, will ensure that he is remembered forever as one of the great personalities of his time who stood out easily as a brave, courageous, fearless, erudite and charismatic leader.
The President calls on Chief Ojukwu’s family, his associates and followers to make his rites of passage a celebration of his most worthy and memorable life spent in the service of his people and the nation.
He prays that God Almighty will grant Chief Ojukwu’s soul eternal rest from his earthly labours.
Reuben Abati, Ph.D.
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
November 26, 2011