BY NWABUEZE OKONKWO
Custodians of the Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Amichi in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State have frowned at the exclusion of the late Chief Benjamin Atuchukwu in the centenary post-humous award.
According to the custodians, it was an oversight on the part of government to have excluded Atuchukwu in the list of awardees. They argued that it was inside his house in Amichi that the declaration of the end to the Nigerian/Biafran civil was negotiated and adopted on January 13, 1970.
In a press statement in Onitsha, Anambra State, signed on their behalf by Sir Joe Atuchukwu and Chief Nto Akuchukwu, sons of the patriach, the custodians wondered why Atuchukwu’s name was missing in the list of awardees even as the Federal Government, through the National Commission for Museum and Monument, NCMM, declared his home a Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution.
”It is disheartening that after converting the late Atuchukwu’s compound into a Peace and Conflict Resolution Center and, at the same time, recognizing it as a national monument by exhibiting some rare artifacts at the center, the Federal Government did not deem it necessary to give him a post-humous award, neither did the government release funds to the family to ease the inconveniences they are currently undergoing as a result of the visits of tourists, students and scholars at the center,” they said.