The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has called on residents of Aba, Abia, to receive the body of the late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu en masse on Feb. 28.
Odumegwu-Ojukwu, who died in a London hospital on Nov. 26, 2011, is slated to be taken to the Abia commercial hub to fulfill one of his life ambitions.
MASSOB’s Director of Information, Mr Uchenna Madu, told newsmen on Tuesday in Aba that the late Ikemba Nnewi personally wished that his remains be brought to Aba before burial.
Madu urged the residents of Aba to come out en masse ``to pay their last respect to the Eze Ndigbo Gburugburu.
“It was the personal wish of Ojukwu. He said that whenever he will be buried that he should be taken to Aba. That is why MASSOB has kept this wish to honour the great hero.”
Meanwhile, Abia chapter of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) is organising a concert and a hero’s candle light vigil for Odumegwu-Ojukwu on Feb. 27 at the Aba Recreation Club.
Prince Nnanna Ukaegbu, the Chairman of the chapter, told newsmen in Aba on Monday that the event was part of its activities to receive Ojukwu’s remains on Feb. 28.
In another development, Gov. Theodore Orji of Abia has assured the people that a befitting burial had been organised for the late Biafran leader. Odumegwu-Ojukwu is slated to be buried on March 2 in Nnewi, Anambra.
Mr Ugochukwu Emezue, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, quoted him in a statement as saying that the South-East governors planned a befitting programme to celebrate the exit of the legend.