By CLIFFORD NDUJIHE
THE apex Igbo so-cio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has urged governors of the South East geo-political zone to participate actively in the burial of Amb. Ralph Uwechue, its immediate past president-general, who died on March 13 at 79.
Making the appeal, Ohanaeze spokesman, Chief Tony Oganah, said there was need for all Igbo to give the late Uwechue the honour he deserved.
The burial activities for the late ambassador will kick off on May 5 in Abuja, ending on May 9 and 10 at his home town, Ogwashi Uku, Delta State.
”We are not pleased by the response of some Igbo leaders to the planning of activities to mark the final burial rites of this great Igbo son, who served the Igbos meritoriously,” Ohanaeze stated.
Noting that some of Igbo leaders, including some of the governors were yet to give the needed solidarity towards the planned burial, in spite of several attempts to reach them, Ohanaeze said there was need for Ndigbo to give the late ambassador a befitting burial.
The group urged all lovers of the Igbo cause and nation to come out en masse and give the former Igbo leader a befitting burial.
“Uwechue remains the only Ohanaeze leader to have led the organisation for four years, the group said.”
A career diplomat and former Ambassador of Nigeria to Libya, Uwechue joined the Nigerian Foreign Service at its inception in 1960, and served in a number of countries, including Cameroon, Pakistan and Mali.
He was also Nigeria’s first diplomatic envoy to France, where he opened the Nigerian Embassy in Paris in 1966.