Mrs Bianca Ojukwu, wife of late Odumegwu Ojukwu has urged Igbo people in Diaspora, especially in the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland to always remember home while living their lives.
Ojukwu made the call while addressing the Igbo community in UK at a summit and Annual General Meeting (AGM) organised by Ohanaeze Ndigbo UK and Ireland.
A statement signed on Tuesday by Mrs Aqueen Ibeto, President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo UK and Ireland, stated that the summit was part of activities to mark the 100 days in office of the new Ohanaeze leadership.
Ojukwu said time had come for every Igbo man and woman in the UK to go back to the root and assist in community development, especially now that activities had intensified for the 2023 general elections
“In fact, some of our people feel somehow threatened when they have contact with their relatives back home
“The tragedy is that much as we may want it otherwise, the UK will become their home and the home of their children.
“Unlike the Jews, Indians and Asians, we have not found a way to connect our children to our homeland,” she said.
According to her, most children of Jewish descent will take a trip once in their life time to the holocaust place, to learn about their history, and to learn that they must never forget.
“What do our own children know about our history and the war that we fought; what do they know about the Igbo spirit and how far we have come.
“Jane and I, his girlfriend. And the mum asked why, and he said because by then you will be in the old people’s home. It didn’t take long for her to realise that something desperate had to be done.
“She managed to get him back to Nigeria and after three years, his brain had to be reset; you know Marris Brothers don’t take nonsense,” she added
Ojukwu, however, said that the action of the woman might be a bit extreme but that the problem emanated from the negligence of some parents on their children.
Ibeto, the Ohanaeze President, in her remark said the summit/AGM was also an opportunity to unite the Igbo community in UK.
She said it was also an avenue to rekindle the Igbo culture and tradition in the minds of the people.
It would be recalled that Ibeto emerged as the new President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in UK, after an election held on Nov. 20, 2021 in London.
She took over from Dr Nnanna Igwe.