Ohaneze Ndigbo, the apex socio-cultural organization of Ndigbo, yesterday told all its kinsmen to use the celestial departure of Ikemba, Dim Odimegwu-Ojukwu to rejig the process of reigniting Igbo political, social and economical renaissance.
In a statement, Chairman, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Federal Capital Territory , Nwabueze Obi, expressed deep concern for the demise of the political pillar and icon of Ndigbo, saying that with the death of Ikemba, an integral part of Ndigbo is in coma.
â€œOhanaeze Ndigbo, FCT, is deeply saddened by the passing on of the quintessential and iconic Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, Eze-Igbo Gburugburu. No doubt, it is the end of an eventful era. With the Ikembaâ€™s passage, an integral part of Ndigbo is in comaâ€ he said.
Obi however, enjoined Ndigbo wherever they are, to seize the opportunity of his celestial departure to rejig the process of reigniting Igbo political, social and economical renaissance as that is the only way the hero will sleep well in eternal bliss.
Also, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has described the late icon as a hero , father figure of the Igbo and a symbol of the Igbo struggle for a better Nigeria .
Reacting to the demise of Ojukwu, Okonjo-Iweala stated that the late Ojukwu was a man who had the courage of his convictions and that his example should serve as an inspiration for Nigerians to stand for what they believe in.
She recalled vividly her war-time experiences in Biafra and said that what made Ojukwu exceptional was that after fighting a war in pursuit of his convictions, he returned to contribute to the Nigerian project.
She prayed the Almighty to comfort the Ojukwu family, the Igbos and the entire nation.