The Imo State government coordinated a befitting reception to receive Ojukwu’s corpse on its arrival to Owerri yesterday. Vanguard reports that the entire stretch from Imo Airport to Owerri was lined up by anxious people, who wanted to catch a glimpse of the great man. Those who were at the Sam Mbakwe Airport could not contain their emotions when the Nigeria Air Force jet, NAF 917 carrying the body of late warlord touched the airport at about 3 pm, as they cried profusely.
The corpse made a brief stopover at the Government House, before being moved to the Ikemba Ojukwu Convention Centre, where a tribute for the late Igbo leader was held.
No fewer than 10 army generals, who were fully clad in their ceremonial attire, lifted the casket bearing Ikemba Nnewi. This was in line with the directives of President Goodluck Jonathan, that the late Igbo leader be given full military burial.
However, the procession became a carnival of sort when the casket-bearing generals moved in consonance with the military music supplied by soldiers, thereby adding flavor to the event.
To ensure that Imo indigenes paid their last respect to Ikemba, Imo State governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha declared Monday work free day. Following this development, schools, market and government offices were closed.
OFFICIAL EVENT PHOTOS MADE AVAILABLE TO
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L-R: Gov Peter Obi, Gov Rochas Okorocha and Chief Martin
Agbaso at the Sam Mbakwe Airport waiting for the corpse to arrive…
L-R Gov Peter Obi, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and
his wife Nneoma Okorocha, Deputy Governor, Jude Agbaso and wife, Ihuoma Agbaso waiting….
Her Excellency Nkechi Okorocha receives Ojukwu’s widow, Bianca at the Sam Mbakwe Airport, Owerri.
Gov. Okorocha in a warm embrace with Emeka Ojukwu Jnr.
Chukwuemeka Ojukwu Jnr, Mrs Bianca Ojukwu, Her Excellency Nkechi Okorocha ride in the IMO RESCUE cart…
Imolites lines the streets to catch a glimpse of the corpse….
Governor Okorocha, arrives the venue in the company of Governor Peter Obi, and our Deputy Governor, Sir Jude Agbaso.
Also in this photo: Kanu Nwankwo, (Special Adviser to Governor Okorocha on Sports.)
Bianca Ojukwu, Her Excellency Nkechi Okorocha, Gov Owelle
Okrorocha and Deputy Gov, Jude Agbaso head for the commendation service …
Ikemba Ojukwu’s body lies in state…
Deputy Gov , Sir Jude Agbaso and wife,
Chukwuemeka Ojukwu Jnr. Mrs Bianca Ojukwu, Her Excellency Nkechi Okorocha and her Anambara counterpart, Mrs Obi at the commendation service.
BEHIND THE SCENES:
LEFT: Prince Eze Madumere (Chief of Staff to Gov. Okorocha) fielding questions from Journalists ….
Prince Eze Madumere coordinating the team during the event…
L-R, Producer with Aljazeera Network, Debe Odumegwu Ojukwu (Akpu nwa of Nnewi), Hon. Chinedu Offor, SSA to Governor Okorocha on Media.
COS, Prince Eze Madumere in a chat with Hon. Chinedu Offor.
Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Rt.Hon Benjamin Uwajumogu was the Chairman of the Burial Committee in Imo State. Kudos to every member of the Imo Rescue team who contributed in the preparations for this befitting reception for our late hero, Ikemba Odimegwu Chukwumemeka Ojukwu.
The labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain.
IMO STATE BLOG symphatizes with the Ojukwu family and the entire Igbo nation. May the Almighty father grant his soul eternal rest in peace