BY SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN CITY — AS the remains of the late nationalists and elder statesman, Chief Anthony Enahoro, is laid to rest today, his contemporaries, who described themselves as “The Forgotten Heroes of Nigerian Independence,” yesterday declared that true peace would continue to elude Nigeria unless the Federal Government appeased the spirits of the nationalists and founding fathers of the nation who were brutally murdered during the military coup in the 60s.
Chief Enahoro’s contemporaries who were in Benin City for the burial ceremony of the late statesman, further declared in a statement that the nation might continue to suffer politically unless the leaders “bring back a true political history of the country and accord due honour and reward to the few remaining nationalists and founding fathers of the nation.”
The leaders led by a former Minister of the Federal Republic and radical Zikist, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi; Senator Obi Nosike Ikpo and the Esogban of Benin Kingdom, Chief David Edebiri, lamented that the heroes for the nation’s Independence had been neglected in the affairs of this nation and called on the Federal Government to “cut off this hypocrisy of eulogizing heroes in death, heroes whom they treated with contempt and spite in their life time.”
Amaechi said as the remains of Chief Enahoro was being laid to rest today, “we refused to be impressed by their empty, copious tributes and crocodile tears.”
According to him, “four months ago, October 1, 2010, the Federal Government celebrated the Golden Jubilee of our Independence. They conveniently forgot the true nature of the struggle, the chronological sequence of the struggle and the true role of individuals and organisations.”