THE widow of the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, Bianca has taken exception to the repeated absence of the Anambra State governor, Willie Obiano at the second memorial lecture of her husband.
At this year’s memorial lecture, delivered by a former Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof. Kingsley Muoghalu, Bianca described Obiano as one of the greatest beneficiaries of Ojukwu’s legacy.
Obiano was not in attendance at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu University (COOU) Igbariam, Anambra State, Monday, but was represented by the deputy governor, Dr Nkem Okeke.
According to Okeke, Obiano was absent at the event due to other official engagements.
But an unimpressed Bianca, who spoke shortly after Muoghalu delivered the lecture, called on the governor not to erode the legacies of her late husband especially regarding All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
She continued: “Tell Obiano that there is no evil spirit in the venue of Ojukwu memorial lecture.
“This is the second time the event is holding and Obiano doesn’t want to attend by himself.
Mrs Ojukwu thanked former governor, Peter Obi for renaming the State University after Ojukwu who was truly a hero in life and death.
Muoghalu whose lecture was titled: Ndigbo in the contemporary Nigerian politics, problems, prospects and way forward, tried to defend the governor.
He said, “it is unfortunate that Obiano has not attended the memorial lecture since it started last year, but that is not to say that he will not attend. The governor still has time in office and could still attend in future.”
Advocating for equal treatment for Ndigbo in Nigerian politics like other tribes, the Guest Lecturer regretted that the effects of the Nigeria/Biafra civil war, has held the nation backward due to inability of the leaders to address the matters arising.
“I suggest that key actors during the war like retired General Yakubu Gowon should speak to heal the wounds to ensure lasting peace,” he said.
The chairman of the event and former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu called for restructuring of the country and introduction of state police.
He said restructuring and de-centralisation of the police were key to addressing the mirage of problems plaguing the nation.