Thursday, February 23, 2012

Full Military Burial For Ojukwu.

The Federal government of Nigeria have agreed to give Ikemba, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu and the former Biafran leader a full military burial.
Ojukwu was the first Nigerian University graduate to join the army in 1957 (Commissioned officer after O. Olutoye -1956), with E. A. Ifeajuna and C. O. Rotimi (1960), and A. Ademoyega (1962).

"Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu was born on 4 November 1933 at Zungeru in Northern Nigeria to Sir Louis Odumegwu Ojukwu, a businessman from Nnewi, Anambra State in south-eastern Nigeria. Sir Louis was in the transport business; he took advantage of the business boom during the Second World War to became one of the richest men in Nigeria. He began his educational career in Lagos, Southwestern Nigeria.
In 1944, he was briefly imprisoned for assaulting a white British colonial teacher who was humiliating a black woman at King's College in Lagos, an event which generated widespread coverage in local newspapers. At 13, his father sent him overseas to study in the UK, first at Epsom College and later at Lincoln College, Oxford University, where he earned a Masters degree in history. He returned to colonial Nigeria in 1956

Ojukwu's background and education guaranteed his promotion to higher ranks. After serving in the United Nations’ peacekeeping force in the Congo, under Major General Johnson Thomas Aguiyi-Ironsi, Ojukwu was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in 1964 and posted to Kano, where he was in charge of the 5th Battalion of the Nigerian Army.

Ikemba was born into wealth, but he chose to serve his country as an officer in the Nigerian Army when there was nothing to gain." - Wikipedia

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