By Tony Edike
NATIONAL Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, declared yesterday that ailing chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees and Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, now being treated at a London hospital, was alive and responding well to treatment.
Umeh, who dismissed speculations that Ojukwu passed on Sunday as untrue and very unfortunate, said those behind such unnecessary rumour and falsehood should rather pray for his quick recovery.
The APGA chairman, who said that he had maintained steady contact with those that accompanied Ojukwu on the medical trip, urged anybody who had interest in the health of the former Biafran leader to seek divine intervention in his state of health and desist from heating up anxiety over his present condition.
He said: “Ikemba is alive and responding well to treatment. It is not true that he is dead. I urge anybody who has concern for his health to pray for his quick recovery instead of speculating that he is dead.
“I urge the people to pray for his quicker recovery because he is doing well. The rumour or speculations of his death is false and very unfortunate.”
Umeh called on all and sundry, including the media, to exercise restraints over the present state of affairs as “there is nothing to hide.”
“We however thank Nigerians for their concerns and enquiries over Dim Ojukwu’s state of health and we assure them that we will continue to provide the exact information about his state of recovery,” he said, adding that “what is important now is prayer for his recovery.”
Ojukwu was flown to London in a German Air Ambulance last Thursday for the treatment of celebra-vanscular ailment popularly called stroke. Before he was evacuated to United Kingdom, the former Biafran leader was admitted at the Intensive Care Unit of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Enugu where he spent four days.
He was placed on life-supporting equipment called Ventilator by the team of medical experts who stabilized his health condition and prepared him for the oversea medical trip.
But few days after Ojukwu arrived at the London hospital which identity had been kept secret by members of his family, there had been speculations that he might have passed on even when Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, had repeatedly said that the health condition of Ikemba Nnewi had significantly improved since he arrived the London hospital.