By Emmanuel Elebeke
LAGOS – Late Biafran leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, has continued to draw accolade from members of the public.
The latest came, Tuesday, from the former executive directors of Newswatch magazine, Mr Ray Ekpu, Dan Agbese, Mr. Yakubu Mohammed and Mr. Soji Akinrinade.
The four, who visited the corporate head office of Vanguard Media Limited, Apapa, Lagos, also presented a book, entitled Ojukwu published by Mayfive Media Limited.
The book, according to them was not Ojukwu’s biography or the history of Nigerian civil war but Ojukwu’s role in helping structure Nigeria.
For them, the 12 states structure which happened in 1967 and later gave birth to the 19 states structure and now 36 states could not have happened without Ojukwu.
“It happened because Ojukwu was about to declare republic of Biafra and Gowon was ready to pull the rug from under his feet by cutting off the minorities in the Eastern region by giving them their own autonomous states. That was what gave rise to what we have today,” they added.
The visit, according to Mr. Mohammed was an opportunity for the Mayfive team to tell the Vanguard management, what they have been doing since thy retired from Newswatch magazine last year.
He said: “We came to tell you what we have been doing since we retired from Newswatch magazine . We felt it was good we do something else, so we established Mayfive Media. ”
Responding, the Editor-in-Chief of Vanguard Newspaper, Mr. Gbenga Adefaye described Ojukwu as a very important person in Nigerian history.
As part of Vanguard’s contribution to condoling with Ojukwu’s family, he said efforts were being made to project him as a major factor in Nigeria’s story.
He said: “Ojukwu is a very important person in Nigeria’s history and all of us are telling Ojukwu’s story in different ways. Vanguard as a newspaper is also doing something to honour him with the hope of crowning it during his burial.”