Onitsha (Anambra), Aug. 30, 2012 (NAN) President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday commissioned the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu Gateway in Onitsha as part of his one-day official visit to Anambra.
Speaking on the occasion, Jonathan said the gateway stood as a symbol of unity in the South East and prayed that the cause for which the late warlord was known for would not die.
PETROLEUM MINISTER, MRS DIEZANI ALLISON MADUEKE (L), AND PROF. DORA AKUNYILI EXCHANGING PLEASANTRIES IN ENUGU WHILE WAITING FOR THE ARRIVAL OF PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN AT THE AKANU IBIAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT ON THURSDAY (30/8/12)
GOV. PETER OBI OF ANAMBRA STATE (L) WITH PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN WATCHING ADAEZE DANCE GROUP AT THE AKANU IBIAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT IN ENUGU ON THURSDAY (30/8/12).
He said the strategic site of the statue would always bring to mind the memories of the warlord and urged the people not to allow his dream to die.
Speaking earlier, Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra said the gateway was the first point of contact with the South East, hence its choice for the immortalisation of Odumegwu-Ojukwu, and prayed that the statue would always touch the minds of the Igbo to think and act as one.
Amb. Bianca Ojukwu, the widow of the late warlord, said she was delighted with the decision of the state government to honour her late husband in a special way.
Also speaking, Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo said the gateway would surely bind the Igbo together on sighting the statue.
Present at the commissioning were Senators Chris Ngige and Andy Uba, Representatives Uche Ekwunife, and Victor Ogene as well as former Minister of Information and Communication, Prof. Dora Akunyili, among others. (NAN)