Former Nigerian Ambassador to Spain Bianca Ojukwu spoke about what her late husband, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, used to tell her about Nigeria’s unity and survival as a political entity.
Ms. Bianca Ojukwu said that her late husband always lamented the fact that Nigeria seemed incapable of emerging from mediocrity and degeneration, adding that he was speaking lip service for national unity and constructive development. “
She told the Sun newspaper that her late husband would feel vindicated in the spirit world, particularly as the clamor for restructuring increased.
He noted that the country is moving from one crisis to another, adding that Nigerians today are witnessing the situation that Ojukwu anticipated and warned of so long ago.
“He always maintained that the unity of any country that is guaranteed solely by force of arms cannot be sustained and that the unity of Nigeria can only be guaranteed if the oppression and marginalization of some of its ethnic groups are addressed and resolved.
“Since those who are continually denied justice are not interested in peace, it goes without saying that in a matter of time pent-up frustrations erupt and explode like a barrel of gunpowder. Dim Ojukwu has come to be known as the man who was ahead of his time, ”he added.
She said the government has done nothing concrete to change the situation since her husband’s predictions, adding that Ojukwu was an early proponent of the restructuring.
According to her, the late Biafran warlord knew without question that the independence of 1960 was a distorted and unbalanced package of federalism.
She said that Ojukwu until his death continued to insist that for the country to survive, it must equally accommodate all its federated units.