|L-R: Ojukwu and Mustapha|
He said: “we should be speaking from the spirit of the man for whom we are gathered here today to celebrate. Ojukwu was one of those who had supported the creation of the six geopolitical zones in the country during the 1995 Constitutional Conference for the purpose of zoning political offices to ensure unity in the country.
"It is the lack of unity that has denied the country peace and development. Lack of unity is a fundamental problem which must be addressed and the pains of the Igbos are the pains of the country," he added.
The OPC leader, Dr. Frederick Fasheun who was also one of the guest speakers, said that Ojukwu lives in the hearts of Ndigbo and the People of Nigerians as a whole, and that the south west will continue to support Ndigbo.
“We are here as always to support a nationalist and a rare breed who sacrificed his personal comfort and wealth to protect his people.
Ojukwu was a rare breed and a nationalist who had stood for justice and equity throughout his sojourn here on earth, but he is not dead because he lives in the hearts of the Ndigbo and indeed in all Nigerians”.
Meanwhile, The widow of the late Igbo leader, Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu who thanked the BIM/MASSOB leader Chief Ralph Uwazuruike for organising the annual memorial anniversary of his late husband, called on Ndigbo to close ranks and shun divisive tendencies which she said has been responsible for the lack of unity among Ndigbo.
According to her: “ Our problem is that we don’t always get our priorities right because of divisive tendencies and we should learn to appreciate our own, if you look around you, is this the only population of Ndigbo in Imo state or in the east? It is because we are not sharing money that is why you only see MASSOB members and those of our brothers and sisters who had appreciated what the late Ikemba had done for Ndigbo while alive”.