Nigeria: Anxiety Over Ojukwu’s Will

Just a week after his death, tempers are already rising over the will of late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu.

Speculations were rife during the week that Ojukwu might have willed his recently built estate in Enugu to Bianca to the consternation of some of his older children, raising the question of what could be in the former Biafran leader’s will.

Approached for comments over the issue yesterday, Emeka Etiaba, a spokesman for Bianca, tried to play it down. ‘Casabianca Lodge is not an estate’, he said. ‘It is one big building and some quarters’.

Etiaba added that there should be no speculation, pointing out that the content of a will has to be definite and that Ojukwu’s lawyer will make the will known to the family at the appropriate time.

On feelers that Bianca might not be enjoying a good relationship with her older step sons, Etiaba, a close associate, a family friend and political ally of the Ojukwus, retorted: ‘She did not come into the Ojukwu family to destroy it. She is playing the role that her husband wants her to play in the family’.

Meanwhile, Bianca at the weekend said she appreciates news emanating from Nigeria that she has been nominated for ambassadorial position, but that she is neither excited nor upbeat about the posting itself for now.

Late Biafra leader, Chief Chukwuemeka Odemegwu-Ojukwu and his wife, Bianca

The former Miss Intercontinental is in London hosting series of meetings where arrangements are being made for her late husband, the Ikemba Nnewi’s final burial.

Bianca works at the Nigerian High Commission in London as Special Adviser to the Federal Government on Diaspora Matters. Also, one of her three children schools in London.

Etiaba, a lawyer and former governorship aspirant of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), told The Moment On Sunday that the ambassadorial position is not what is in Bianca’s mind for now, even though she might have expected it.

‘Her husband is dead, but life goes on. She has to take care of the children. She appreciates her appointment as an ambassador. But that is not what is on her mind for now. She has to mourn her husband. Her husband’s remains is yet to be interred,’ said Etiaba, who was in constant touch with Mrs. Ojukwu all through the week.

Etiaba is one of the sons of former governor of Anambra State, Dame Virgy Etiaba, and has spoken for Bianca on sundry issues on many occasions.

On whether the Federal Government would give Bianca a favourable posting, may be to the United States or the United Kingdom, Etiaba replied that she would be given a good country since she was given a special consideration.

‘She will surely be given a good country, since she was on the special list’, he said.

Ojukwu died at Lynden Hill Clinic in London in the early hours of Saturday last week, leaving behind a huge estate and properties inherited from his father, Sir Louis Phillip Ojukwu.

The Moment

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