The President of the Anambra State chapter of pan Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Damian Okeke, has revealed what the late warlord, Odumegu Ojukwu thought was the meaning of Biafra.
Okeke disclosed that Ojukwu once told the organization that Biafra is “like a fully loaded trailer descending the Milikin Hill in Enugu and nobody knows where it would land.”
Speaking in Awka, the state capital, Okeke said the body is using the struggle for Biafra to achieve equity and justice.
He said, “As far as I am concerned, we are using Biafra to ask Nigeria to do the needful because that is the vehicle we should use to get our rights.
“What is happening to us today has gone beyond marginalization. We should work together to get what will benefit the Igbo and the important thing is to get what belongs to us in Nigeria.
“I recall when Ohaneze once asked the late Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, what was really the meaning of Biafra and his answer was that it is like a fully loaded trailer descending the Milikin Hill in Enugu and nobody knows where it would land.
“What we have in mind are equity and justice. If we get our rights in Nigeria, what else are we fighting for?
“Ohaneze Ndigbo had severally made it clear that members of IPOB and MASSOB are our children. We are all working towards the betterment of Igbo nation.
“I want to say that the leadership of Ohaneze, the governors of the South East states and many other Igbo elders are jointly on top of the situation of the quit notice to Ndigbo by the Arewa youths.”
Recall that the Ohanaeze Chieftain had dismissed the call for secession, saying Igbos cannot exist alone.