By Nwabueze Okonkwo
ONITSHA—The Civil Liberties Organization, CLO, Anambra State chapter, yesterday, questioned the rationale behind the death of Comrade Chima Ubani, its former national Executive Director, who died 10 years ago, saying that the ideals he stood for and the struggles he died for still stare us in the face.
Ubani had died in a controversial ghastly road accident on September 25, 2005 on the Postikum/Yobe highway while coordinating the Labour and Civil Society, LASCO coalition rally/protests against the incessant increase in the prices of petroleum products by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo administration.
Chima was supposed to fly to Abuja for the continuation of the rally, but they said the seat of the available aircraft was filled up and he had to give up the space for Adams Oshiomhole, the then National Chairman of Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC.
In a press statement, yesterday, in Onitsha, Anambra State, the state chairman of CLO, Aloysius Attah described the late Ubani as a die-hard fighter of the oppressed and one whose life was an epitome of selflessness, transparency, abhorrence of obscene lifestyle and aversion for greed and primitive accumulation.
Attah recalled that the late Chima had started his human rights activism from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he was rusticated and later recalled to campus and he graduated with a first class honours, but the university senate denied him the first class honours because of his rigid stance against the oppression of the students.