June 17, 2009

Ojukwu wants befitting burial for Onoh

By Tony Edike

ENUGU—THE Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu said yesterday that he was determined to ensure that the de ceased former Governor of old Anambra  State and  his in-law, Chief Christian Onoh was given a befitting burial.

Meanwhile, the Enugu State Government has almost concluded arrangements for Onoh’s burial on July 3, as the Chief Jim Nwobodo-led State Burial Committee is putting finishing touches to various projects initiated to ensure the success of the funeral, which will take place at Ngwo.

Ojukwu who received a delegation of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Enugu State Chapter that paid him a condolence visit at his GRA residence in Enugu yesterday, said he had requested his in-laws to give him July 4, as a day he would personally lead a delegation of Ndigbo and his associates from across the country to Ngwo to pay the late statesman their last respect.

He said he was confident that Ndigbo and indeed his friends would not abandon him at this moment, adding that he was highly humbled by the level of supports and sympathy he has received since the death of Onoh on May 5, this year.

“One thing I want is to ensure that Onoh is given a befitting burial in such a manner that people will never forget,” Ojukwu said, adding that he was glad about the level of interest so far shown by his associates, who were desirous to be part of the funeral as a way of appreciating what the former Governor stood for.

“I was told that great men from across the country are coming to pay their last respect to Onoh because of what they known of him.  I had requested to be given July 4, after the state funeral on July 3, for me to lead my people to Ngwo to give him the honour he deserves,” he said, calling on Ndigbo to come around and accompany him on the visit.