Ikemba Nnewi Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu has been airlifted to the United Kingdom as his health continues to deteriorate following a stroke attack.
He has been on life support machine following as a result of the attack, which has made him lost his consciousness before the decision to fly him abroad.
An Ndigbo High Chief, and Commander-in-Chief of the defunct Republic of Biafra, Chief Ojukwu has been receiving medical treatment at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Enugu, following what doctors at the hospital described as cerebra-vascular accident, otherwise called stroke last Sunday.
He is currently being treated in o top Hospital here in London.
Source from Enugu claimed that his health had deteriorated seriously before was flown to London, the United Kingdom aboard a German Air Ambulance.
He was evacuated from the Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu at 1.52 p.m to United Kingdom by Flight Ambulance International of Germany hired by Anambra State Government.
The flight is said to be the first international aircraft to move from the airport which was recently granted an international status by the Federal Government.
Four officials of the Nigerian Immigration Services were at the airport to stamp Ojukwu’s international passport, his wife Bianca’s passport and his Chief of Staff, Prince Jonathan Bob Onyema, who accompanied him on the medical trip.
The ex-Biafran leader is to be treated at a yet to be identified hospital in London which is said to have good facilities for effective treatment of stroke.
He was taken off the list of patients at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital in an Enugu State Emergency Management Response Team ambulance at 10.55 a.m after five days at the Intensive Care Unit. He was extremely weak, remaining unconscious before the State government decided to fly him abroad for better medical treatment.
According to a report by Vanguard,on ground at the airport to see the Igbo leader off were Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State, APGA National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh and his wife; UNTH staff including the Chairman, Medical Advisory Committee, CIMAC, Dr. C. C. Amah and Chief Anesthetic, Dr. Paul Nsoegbunam.
Chief Ojukwu’s two sons, Emeka Ojukwu(Jnr) and Barrister Sylvester Odumegwu Ojukwu were at the ASirport to see him off.
Ojukwu on arrival at the Accident and Emergency Department of UNTH on Sunday was said to be unconscious with low blood pressure and unable to pass urine.
Born Nov. 4, 1933, Nnewi, Nigeria, Ojukwu was an ex-Governor of Eastern Region, Nigeria (1966 – 67), and head of the secessionist state of Biafra (1967 – 70).
A member of the Igbo Elders Forum, Ojukwu was educated at Oxford University. He was appointed head of the traditional Igbo homelands in the east following the overthrow of Nigeria’s civilian government by Igbo military leaders.
He stayed on in that capacity even after members of the opposition staged a successful countercoup.
Mounting secessionist pressures compelled him to declare the Eastern Region an independent state in 1967.
Following the Biafra conflict, he fled to Côte d’Ivoire; he returned to Nigeria in 1982. Ojukwu remained active in Nigerian politics and stood unsuccessfully in several elections, including presidential polls in 2003 and 2007.
He is currently the Chairman of APGA, one of the most popular political parties in Nigeria