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Nigeria: Ojukwu to receive full military burial
| February 23, 2012
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, the former leader of Biafra, will be give a full military burial on March 2, 2012. At a press conference the Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Hon. Benjamin Uwajumogu, said âI want to announce that President Goodluck Jonathan has approved that Ojukwu be given military burial according to military tradition." A family source also spoke to a newspaper and said that the army will be handling all protocols involving the movement of the body, coffin, clothing and logistics. He said, "The Army has assured that it would be involved in the burial of late Ojukwu and that it would accord him all the military rites due to a senior military officer of his stature." Ojukwu was a very senior officer in the Nigerian Army and the first Military Governor of Eastern Nigeria before the civil war started and he had all his benefits restored as a retired military officer after he was granted a full pardon. The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, also expressed their support for the Federal Governmentâs decision saying, â âThe Igbos and MASSOB welcome this good news which has been the center of our agitation since the death of Ojukwu. The decision to take up the burial by the Federal Government will put an end to the major cause of the problem as they have agreed to take up the heroic burial of Ojukwu which they wanted to deny him." "The decision to stop MASSOB from participating during Ojukwuâs burial as a group, which was reached at the meeting with the burial committee and representatives of Chief of Army Staff and Ojukwuâs family, shall be abided with since the Federal Government has boldly and gallantly decided to give Ojukwu his full right as a hero. Chief Ralph Uwazurike has directed that the Igbos shall cooperate to make the occasion successful and has also directed that MASSOB members should accept the state burial of Chief Ojukwuâ MASSOB had earlier agreed to allow the Federal Government to complete their burial rites on the first day and take over the second day. Ojukwuâs body is expected to arrive in Owerri, Imo state around 11 a.m. on February 27, and will lie in state until the second day when it is expected to depart for Abia state.

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Ams    ,     April 16, 2012
KAI! im first!...lol...the truth is we haven't had a leadership that truly has the people at heart....they say,"where there is a will,there is a way".....that means even if the power problem of Nigeria is "impossible" to solve,with the government willing, they would have found a solution......we are simply without power because the leadership is not willing (they don't have the population at heart, they just see the position has a lucrative biz) n this is also affecting all other sectors of the economy we need a leadership that cares bout us, then they would think of ways to really help us n they would find n take actions!
Pastor Commander Samyoung Onwuzulike    Washington, DC, USA    March 07, 2012
President Johnathan has demostrated a greater wisdom and faith which gives him edge over all his enemies. The wisdom is called Power In Love. From today your government will not suffer a set back any more or suffer any terrorist attack from Earth, Gods, Winds, Flood, Fire, Sea, Desert and Highways in Jesus Christ name. Christ the most high God of the livings and dead is your defense, security power and provider.You honored Ojukwu so I have honored you today before Nigerians and the entire universe.
Rev. Dr. Amadice Esq.    , South Africa.    February 23, 2012
Truth is bitter but i know for sure thurnder will unviel it. It is good for all the law enforcement agency to participate and where there is shortage of manpower then MASSOB will fill it up to make sure that a Hero is never buried like a fowl. Also APGA AND MASSOB SERVING AS THE SERVICE CHIEF OF THE BURIAL CEREMONY.
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