President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mr. Raph Uwechue, has explained that the real reason late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, decided to take up arms against Nigeria in 1967 was in the interest of justice, saying it was not primarily to divide Nigeria.
Uwechue, who led past and present leaders of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to the country home of Ojukwu in Umudim, Nnewi in Anambra State last Sunday, said it was the injustice of the Nigerian State against the people of South-eastern Nigeria that propelled Ojukwu’s action.
“I was then the Nigerian Ambassador to France, but I had to resign my appointment from Nigeria to join the Biafran side in the war because I was convinced that what was being meted out to the Igbos was injustice.
“The Igbos are happy to be Nigerians, and we were seeking the opportunity to be recognised as Nigerians, but our oppressors refused, and when we wanted to go our own way, they still refused. That is the reason Ojukwu went to war,” Uwechue said.
He spoke further that if Ojukwu was desirous of causing problem in the country, he would not have accepted to fly to Ghana for the Aburi accord.
“Ojukwu only resolved to correct the injustice by going to war when Nigeria reneged on the agreements reached at Aburi. That will show you that Ojukwu was not a man of war but peace,” he said.
Uwechue, who was received by the family of Ojukwu led by Mr. Sunday Ojukwu, and members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), mounting guard at Ojukwu’s residence, said he decided to lead the delegation to Ojukwu’s country home in line with Igbo culture and a sign of respect to Nnewi people who begot him.
The group also visited the palace of the traditional ruler of Nnewi, Igwe Kenneth Orizu and the Nzuko Ora Nnewi to condole them.