Igbo leaders plan befitting funeral for civil war casualties

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By VINCENT UJUMADU, Awka
STILL basking in the euphoria of his victory at the Court of Appeal which affirmed his position as the national chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor has again visited the grave side of the late Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, saying he does so whenever he wins a court case because the Ikemba Nnewi is always behind his political successes.

He also disclosed that plans are under way for a befitting funeral for all those who lost their lives during the 30 months civil war in the country between 1967 and 1970.

Umeh, who stormed the late Biafran warlord’s Nnewi country home with hundreds of APGA supporters venerated in front of Ojukwu’s mausoleum and showered praises on him and explained that his strength is usually renewed whenever he visited Ikemba’s graveside.

The APGA national chairman who spoke in Igbo said: “I am here to renew and recharge my strength. Ojukwu groomed me for five years. Ikemba as the national leader of APGA for five years and me as the national chairman of APGA, shared many secrets together on how to guard the interest of Ndigbo in Nigeria.

“Our father, the man of peace, we have come again. I have come with my brothers and sisters you left behind and asked me to guard them under the umbrella of our party, APGA. We were here last year when we got victory at the courts and in the Anambra State Governorship election.

“We are here again to obtain power and authority from you to subdue our enemies. We call upon you, our great leader, to get your blessing once more to continue to lead your people under APGA from strength to strength. The task ahead is enormous, but we are sure of victory whenever you are behind us.”

Umeh, who spoke on the 2015 general elections boasted that his party (APGA) would produce six governors in next year’s general elections.

According to him, efforts are on ground to sweep the South East in next year’s general elections and advance the fortunes of APGA in Lagos State where the party has considerable support of the voting population.

Umeh also disclosed that plans were afoot to organize a befitting funeral for all those who lost their lives during the 30 months civil war in the country between 1967 and1970, adding that the ceremony would take place either in September or October this year..

“It is good and proper that we accord them such honour because they paid the supreme price,” Umeh further said, adding that he was in contact with Igbo leaders of thought to ensure the success of the plan.

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