BY Tony Edike
ENUGU—MR. Bob Onyema, the ailing former Chief of Staff to the late Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, recently struck with cancer, may have been abandoned but associates of the late war lord said they were trying their best to help him out of his predicament.
Vanguard reliably gathered yesterday that Onyema was by the bedside of the former Biafran leader from the time he was flown to London in December 2010 to the time he died on November 26, 2011.
But shortly after Ojukwu was buried early this year, Onyema suffered an attack of prostate cancer and sought the assistance of Ojukwu’s wife to go for medical treatment abroad but she was not forthcoming.
However, it was gathered that a few associates of Ojukwu rallied to raise money for the former Chief of Staff of their deceased leader, which eventually made it possible for him t to travel to India for surgery.
Onyema has since returned to Nigeria after a successful operation and is currently recuperating under the watchful eyes of members of his family in Lagos.
A source close to him confirmed that Bianca, who is currently serving as Nigeria’s ambassador to Spain, did not contribute a dime for Onyema’s medical trip to India
Sources disclosed some of the names of Ojukwu’s associates who assisted his former Chief of Staff, pleaded that they would not want their names mentioned in the press.
“You know we did what we did because of the way Bob took care of our former leader who we still regard, even in death.
“Yes, I contributed and some other persons contributed but I do not wish that my name be mentioned in the press,” one of the contributors said.