EMEKA ODUMEGWU OJUKWU's BOMBSHELL:
"Why Kosovo crisis paled in comparison to the genocidal killings of Igbos and other Biafrans."
Former leader of Biafra and pan-Africanist, Ikemba Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (in file photo as Biafran leader, January 1968, also see www.NigeriaCentral.com ) has granted a wide-ranging interview, exclusively, to USAfrica The Newspaper, USAfricaonline.com, The Black Business Journal and NigeriaCentral.com which also covered issues regarding:
-Promoting business and cultural interests between continental Africans and Africa-Americans
-post-apartheid South Africa. Ojukwu, who was exiled for 13 years in Cote d'Ivoire, commends former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela but thinks the nationalist seemed "too grateful to the apartheid racists who freed" the statesman after 27 years in jail.
- President Clinton's Africa policy. Ojukwu, the Oxford-trained historian and multilinguist is emphatic that "President Bill Clinton has no definable results and policy towards Africa. I don't have any reason to be rhapsodic about his approach to Africa. What, really has he achieved with and for Africa?"
-Prof. Wole Soyinka's criticism of Ojukwu's "progressive" credentials. He dismisses Soyinka's comments by stating: "I'm a historian and I deal with facts while Wole is a dramatist who makes up stories to suit and rationalize his positions. Their cult of abusing others will never help in promoting unity."
-Nigeria's President retired General Obasanjo's method of governing.
Ojukwu's assessment of is entirely thought-provoking. Ojukwu argues that "Obasanjo's method of governing and the issuing of seemingly militaristic orders and ultimatums do not show a proper temperament for democratic way of governing. I only wish the legislature can come in; do some debates and work to foster the ways of democratic government."
'Biafra: History Has no Mercy' BBC Spotlight on Biafra The struggle for Biafra
DETAILS OF THE EXCLUSIVE USAfrica OJUKWU's BOMBSHELL INTERVIEW
"Marginalization of the Igbos and Easterners in Nigeria will be resisted, again; this time, we'll do it just better...." and "Why Kosovo crisis pales in comparison to the genocidal killings of Igbos and other Biafrans."
...Ojukwu saved Nigeria by fighting her
by Dr. Herbert E. Nwankwo
Looking at former General and commander of the Biafran army, Emeka Ojukwu's picture to the left of this column, you will begin to get into his head. He was young, emotional, determined, ambitious, confused, tough, and seemed inexperienced in that photo. But above, he looked in charge. Look at him again: familiar images of Fidel Castro of Cuba. I will swear that Castro's influence was heavy in his physical as well as mental framework.
I get some goose bumps each time I see that name "Odumegwu Ojukwu" of old. He was my childhood leader. He will always be my man. I love him with all my heart. He saved Nigeria, by fighting her. Hear his comment on Wole Soyinka: he is a dramatist who makes up stories to suit the occasion, I am a historian who deal with facts. I will not take a thing from the euphemisms he expresses." Ojukwu was made by God. Another Irony: while running the spell check, the computer suggested I replace "Abacha" with "Abate."
My answer: Done in 1998, where were you Mr. Dictionary?
Nwankwo, a professor and specialist in applications of Human Factors and Ergonomics in Systems Engineering, plans to write regularly on public affairs for NigeriaCentral.com. We welcome readers response to articles here.
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These views were stated during an interview CNN's anchor Bernard Shaw and senior analyst Jeff Greenfield had with Mr. Nwangwu on Saturday November 18, 2000 during a special edition of 'Inside Politics 2000.'
Nwangwu, adviser to the Mayor of Houston (the 4th largest city in the U.S., and immigrant home to thousands of Africans) argued further that "the issues of the heritage interests of 35 million African-Americans in Africa, the volume and value of oil business between between the U.S and Nigeria and the horrendous AIDS crisis in Africa do not lend any basis for Governor Bush's ill-advised position which removes Africa from fair consideration" were he to be elected president.
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