Posted by News Express | 9 April 2015 | 5,785 times
Former Chief of Army Staff and ex-Minister of Defence, General Theophilus Danjuma (retd.), has symbolically urinated on the grave of late Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, accusing him of causing the death of people of the shortlived Biafra by refusing to surrender to Federal troops after the fall of Enugu, which served as capital of the defunct republic. Ojukwu led Biafra from 1967 t0 1970.
Danjuma launched the unprovoked attack on the departed warlord while speaking shortly after a closed-door meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan, who visited him yesterday in his Asokoro residence in Abuja.
Praising Jonathan for conceding defeat to the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) even before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the final result of the March 28 presidential election, Danjuma said: “If Ojukwu did the same after the fall of Enugu, and conceded defeat to the federal troops he would have saved the nation one full year of bloodshed.
“President Jonathan has made history, set a record to be emulated by the rest of Africa and indeed the whole world. It’s an excellent thing he did.”
Danjuma’s outburst has been condemned by a wide spectrum of Ndigbo. One-time President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Dozie Ikedife branded Danjuma “a clear liar,” saying: “When a pogrom was committed against people, they ran back home and you commenced police action. Ojukwu decided to secure his people.
“Did he attack any part of Nigeria? He wanted to secure his people. Nigeria declared police action and later declared full scale war. The man is liar. Thank God that some of us who saw the war are alive.
“This is another provocation. Oba Riwan Akiolu of Lagos launched the first attack on the Igbos from the West. Now, Danjuma sitting in a cosy zone with all his oil wells is attacking from the North. He should stop lying before he dies.”
•Photo shows TY Danjuma.
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