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The governor of Niger State, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu has said that he would have done as the late Chukwuemeka Ojukwu did during the Nigerian civil war, if he had found himself in the same position.
Aliyu who spoke at a funeral held in honour of the late Biafran leader at his birthplace in Zungeru, Niger State, to kick-start his burial ceremony, said Ojukwu fought for the emancipation of the less-privileged.
He said Ojukwu was misunderstood, positing that the former Biafran warlord was forced by the circumstances to take up arms and protect his people.
“He was forced to take up arm to protect his people. If I was in his shoes I could have done the same”, Aliyu said, while eulogising the late war lord for reawakening nationhood in Nigeria.
Aliyu said those calling for the break up of Nigeria should not be taken seriously, noting that the country will not break and would continue to remain one indivisible entity.
Governor Aliyu said that Niger State had produced three presidents including the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe who was born in Zungeru like the late Ojukwu and therefore, called for assistance from governors of the South-East zone for the completion of the abandoned Zik centre.
Also speaking, the vice chairman of Central Organising Committee for the burial of Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, Senator Uche Chukwumerije said the kick-starting of the burial ceremony of Ojukwu in Zungeru was to reawaken the sense of nationalism in Nigerians.
According to him, “Today’s event will rekindle and re-bridge the broken bridges of understanding among Nigerians”, adding that Zungeru remains the cradle of many great men in Nigeria.
He said the committee appreciates Zungeru because of its historical uniqueness and thanked the Niger state government for its assistance to make the oration a success.
Also speaking, chairman of the occasion and the son of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Salisu Ado Bayero said late Ojukwu helped to shape the path of peace in Nigeria.No. of Views:1111