The son of Igbo leader, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Emeka Ojukwu Jr., has given reasons he cannot say exactly what his father discussed with President Muhammadu Buhari in 2013.
President Buhari had during his public address on his return to Nigeria after spending over 100 days in UK told pro-Biafra agitators that him and Ojukwu agreed that Nigeria will remain unified.
Speaking on the meeting, Ojukwu’s son said: “I didn’t attend the meeting. I was not privy to what happened.”
“But the indices point to the unassailable fact that the meeting (between Ojukwu and Buhari) held . Why I say so is, remember that Gen. (Olusegun ) Obasanjo assumed power as a democratically elected president in 1999.
“I think the time of the meeting must have been the period leading to Obasanjo’s second term. At that time, there were people who felt he didn’t perform well. So, there was a build-up and upswell of political opinions to see what could be done either to change him or whatever. So, they must have met.
“Not long after that, there was a one – million-man march involving my father, President Buhari and Chuba Okadigbo. When he (Ojukwu ) came back, he told me about the one-million-man march but he didn’t tell me about the discussion he had with the President.
“They were no strangers and you could not had a one-million-man march with someone you have not discussed anything with. In his life, the way he lived, my father always wanted peace for everybody.
“About the meeting holding, yes, it did. But as for the finer points of the discussion, I cannot tell you this was what was discussed or not discussed, because I didn’t attend that meeting.
“If I had attended that meeting, I could pointedly tell you offhand what was discussed. But I would never be in a position to say that the President is a liar.””I didn’t attend the meeting. I was not privy to what happened.”