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Ojukwu Goes Home: Tributes & Rousing Farewell for the Late Biafran Leader – Photos

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Late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu

The remains of late elder statesman and leader of the defunct Biafra Republic, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwuwas laid in state yesterday at the Micheal Okpara square, Enugu, where a mammoth crowd and top dignitaries gathered to pay their tributes.

His body had arrived Nigeria on Monday to a rousing reception where he was given a full military parade with Army officers in ceremonial uniform marching in slow steps bearing the glittering casket at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja.

President Goodluck Jonathan represented by Vice President Namadi Sambo; First Lady, Patience Jonathan; Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Azubuike Ihejirika and Governor Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, are some of the dignitaries who showered tributes on the late statesman at the military parade. The casket was draped in green-white-green national colours and placed on top of it was a pair of service shoes, a sword and a cap.

Professor Wole Soyinka, Jerry Rawlings, former President of Ghana, and several state governors, Senators, traditional and religious leaders were among the dignitaries who paid their respects to him yesterday. The high concentration of government luminaries and dignitaries at the event showed that there was great respect from the nation he once fought bitterly against in a war that saw one million people killed. President Goodluck Jonathan in his address said that the late Ojukwu was “a rare patriot and humanist” adding that he died a hero.

Ojukwu was flown out of the country in a military ambulance on December 23, 2010 in a coma. He battled for life for almost a year and died in a London Hospital on November 26, 2011 aged 78.

He will be buried today in his hometown, Nnewi in Anambra state.

May his soul of a great man who fought for truth and justice, Rest In Peace.

Here are some photos from the military parade at Abuja:

Some of the children of Late Ojukwu

Vice President, Namadi Sambo paying tribute

First Lady of Nigeria, Patience Jonathan paying tribute

Most Rev Bishop John Oniyekan spraying the coffin

Some traditional rulers paying tribute

And some photos from the Lying-In-State at Enugu yesterday

Vice President Namadi Sambo; Enugu state governor, Sullivan Chime and wife, Clara; Anambra state governor, Peter Obi


Photo Credit: Vanguard News

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

47 Comments

  1. lol

    March 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    A TRUE LEADER…..

  2. aj

    March 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    awww dont cry !!!! He is in a better place now.

  3. Nicole Blaze (@wetindey2day)

    March 2, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    A true leader. where i dey shops owned by Igbos didnt open today.

  4. bebe

    March 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    RIP

  5. obadeyin adedayo modupeola

    March 2, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    True leader goes home. May his soul rest in perfect peace. Amen

  6. Nkem

    March 2, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    rip to a great leader and on d side, bianca is really beautiful

  7. sky

    March 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    may his soul rest in perfect peace. Amennnnnnnnnn

  8. Godstime Linus

    March 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    rip war lord

  9. Alero

    March 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    my heart is so heavy!RIPP Dim!

  10. Alero

    March 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    u know, i used to have my reservations about dis man after I listened to stories about the civil war. But from the pictures above,all I see is a man who was dearly loved by his people. My heart goes out to his family esp beautiful Bianca. Please take heart.

    • doppleganger

      March 3, 2012 at 1:15 am

      i agree

  11. Nedum

    March 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    The Igbos lost million people in Ojukwus death. ‘ofu onye anasi unu abiala’
    good bye our hero. ndi Igbo will forever uphold your dream.

  12. Katherine

    March 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    So wait – you have one of the most INARTICULATE public speakers, Madam Patience, speak at the funeral of one of the most eloquent minds and thinkers ever to come out of Nigeria??? Oh.Dear.Me. That must’ve hurt something awful….

  13. Asa

    March 2, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    I highly respect this leader …. Growing up hearing my dada n uncle say a lot abt him … RIP

  14. Ada

    March 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    RIP, Eze igbo, the great hero

  15. cynthy

    March 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Bianca is so beautiful,I pray 2 meet her oneday. May odimegwu soul R.I.P

  16. Usaveone

    March 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm

    RIP Ojukwu, Your legacies will ever live!

    check.. http://www.usaveone.blogspot.com/

  17. Jay

    March 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I see Ngige laughing in the background while the 1st Lady gave her speech loool… RIP Ojukwu… U sure in a better place.

    • auntie

      March 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      i actually went back to check! lol…
      in other news! God will comfort Bianca and her family! She has BIG shoes to add to hers! Ojukwu, ga nke oma!

  18. christy

    March 2, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Am indiferent

  19. Beverly

    March 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Wait. Third pic from the bottom. Why the h*ll is his current wife sitting BEHIND anybody anywhere, at any point in time???????. She should be front and center.

  20. Uchechi

    March 2, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    RIP Ojukwu!

  21. mekhi phifa

    March 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Ds Bianca lady is just something else…chai! Still Beautiful even while mourning…
    DIM is definately the most popular Ibo man ever lived. Am DEAD serious.

  22. jennietobbie

    March 2, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    RIP Great Man. Chukwu dowe gi ofuma.

  23. dimma

    March 2, 2012 at 7:29 pm

  24. Mimi Mercy

    March 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Rest in peace my hero…

  25. NikkyJay

    March 2, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    The last picture really MESSED me up! So sad. Rest in peace OJUKWU.

  26. me

    March 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Sorry but I think Chinua Achebe is the most famous Igbo guy unless I am wrong lol!

  27. MyView

    March 2, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Rest In Peace Sir.

  28. stellamwindsor

    March 2, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    a true hero has gone.but to a better place.R.I.P . great man. im proud to be igbo.

  29. Candice

    March 2, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Lol at d man weeping in d last pix.He is weeping more than the bereaved.
    Ojukwu needs to be buried already.All he needs nw r prayers nt all this celebratn.R.I.P.

  30. obi-talk

    March 2, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    the iconic leader has gone! what a man!

  31. Handsome Billionarie

    March 3, 2012 at 6:06 am

    R.I.P.P EZE NDI IGBO WORLD WIDE

  32. Handsome Billionarie

    March 3, 2012 at 6:07 am

    WE LOVE YOU , BUT GOD LOVES YOU MORE ….RESPECT FOREVER PAPA (DIM)

  33. Madun

    March 3, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Rest in peace to the great leader who almost divided Nigeria . Bianca looks great

  34. Hilary

    March 3, 2012 at 7:38 am

    President Goodluck said”this is the most celebrated burial av ever witnessed”.
    IKEMBA u r the 2nd God.
    Go To Glory.
    U r the World hero.
    I miss U.

  35. hotdame

    March 3, 2012 at 9:27 am

    A true hero. Ojukwu saw what we are just seeing now In nigeria. May his soul continue to rest in peace. May GOd comfort his family and friends

  36. ceo

    March 3, 2012 at 11:37 am

    RIP Dim!!! U will forever be missed. One of the finest men who despite his wealth gave them all up to fight for what he believed in: justice and Peace. Ojukwu, an oxford university graduate was being chaffeured around in his rolls royce by a white man. He deserves such a befitting burial. He lived a life worthy of emulation. current politicans please take note. Ikemba go Home and rest in the Lord.

  37. faith

    March 3, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    lol…[email protected] patience talk….hahahah…rip ojukwu …….

  38. Kenny

    March 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    The man who saw tomorrow…. have a safe trip home to your maker and may your gentle soul continue to rest in the bossom of our good Lord

  39. Ikenna Edson

    March 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    RIP, THE IKEMBA! You left your most comfortable background to fight and wallow in lack with your people. I consider it the greatest sacrifice. We love you, and appreciate your great works for our people, for us. Your selflessness is legendary. Rest peacefully, and may God crown you accordingly, Sir.

  40. Agu C.O

    March 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

    “That which thou sowest is not quickened,except it die (1 Cor: 15).We lost a million men in you alone.It only takes the death of a man(seed) like you to germinate millions of courageous and brave men and women among your people.What you saw and fought for long time ago, is still stiring at us in the face.We must have to take the destiny that God has given to us into our hands.Your transition to glory will bring us to another level of this struggle(justice) and we will fight with much more velocity than when you were alive.This is a promise and our prayer.In Jesus Name,Amen!

  41. sinachi

    March 4, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    amuma n’egbe igwe !!! that is what you are. rest in peace.

  42. stella.m.w.

    March 7, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    omg just watched ojukwus memorial service at westminster abbey london.now dat is how a hero should be remembered.

  43. Raphael Odinaka

    June 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    God knows he has done well for the eastern(IGBOS) tribes
    let him receive him in his heavenly kingdom.

  44. Obi Chukwu

    December 2, 2012 at 8:35 am

    A HERO, who unselfishly sacrificed for his people. His dad was one of the richest men in West Africa! He used his father’s wealth to fight for the welfare of the Igbo man. GOD BLESS YOU.

  45. OMOKO .O.MICHEAL

    January 21, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Heroes are set to liberate the opressed which was the figth you faught but the selfish & wicked country of ours refuse to grant you.If there will be another life to come, i will like to be your son. I pray GOD to have mercy on you and grant you enternal rest in JESUS name Amen.

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