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Dim Ojukwu Buried In Hometown

03/04/12

Dim Ojukwu Buried In Hometown

*Nigeria: Dim Ojukwu Buried In Hometown

-Masterweb Reports

Masterweb News Team was on the ground when Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu was buried in his hometown, Nnewi, Anambra State on Friday, March 2. Ojukwu's body laid in state in his compound in Nnewi next to St. Michael's Catholic Church on the burial day between 9.00 am to 10.00 am, followed by a requiem (funeral) mass and tributes between 10.15 am to 1.45 pm. Ojukwu's adult sons, Sylvester and Emeka Jnr., and his widow, Bianca were at the service. Also in attendance were Peter Obi, Anambra State Governor and President Goodluck Jonathan, among other distinguished guests including Ralph Uwechue, President General, Ohaneze Ndigbo and Martins Elechi, Ebonyi State Governor. The closed casket of Ojukwu's body was placed about seven feet to the alter with Bianca sitting in a church pew a few feet from the casket. ( Continues below….. )

Jonathan delivers tribute on Dim Ojukwu at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Nnewi

Photo Above: President Goodluck Jonathan delivers tribute on Dim Ojukwu at St. Michael's Catholic Church, Nnewi, Anambra State.
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The requiem mass ended at 1.30 pm after which Governor Obi and President Jonathan amongst other important dignitaries delivered tributes on Late Dim Ojukwu. Jonathan said he would never forget meeting Ojukwu at his father's burial in the Niger Delta, during which he embraced him as a brother and father. He thanked Ndigbo for their support in the last elections.

The coffin was sprinkled with Holy Water and incensed at the end of the tributes and while the casket was taken away from the church in paradisium ( "May the angels lead you unto paradise. The martyrs welcome you as you draw near; and lead you into Jerusalem, the heavenly city." ) sung. The casket, draped in Nigerian national colours of green-white-green, was carried into Ojukwu's compound at 1.53 pm by senior army officers. ( Continues below….. )

Ojukwu's burial tomb

Photo Above: Security guards deployed at Ojukwu's tomb immediately after burial. *Tomb behind gate in photo.
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Church mourners and thousands restricted from the church due to space and security issues overwhelmed Ojukwu's compound gate under tight security control, questioning and screening. Important dignitaries and few members of the public were allowed-in due to mainly space issues. Members of the media were not spared as they had to struggle under life-threatening crowd control measures to enter the compound. A member of Masterweb News Team was forced into the gutter as soldiers and police repelled the surging crowd with whips (Koboko) and batons. Fight broke out at a point between soldiers and police on one side and an armed unidentified security detail in mufti who was denied entry into the compound. The combined team of soldiers and police bundled the armed security detail who also cocked his gun away. It was a frightening scene. The crowd surged again after the incident with security forces unleashing whips and batons on people, resulting in stampede as they fled the gate area. A police officer who was pushed down in the panic, got up and released a canister of tear gas which worsened the situation with people running faster, coughing, sneezing and knocking down anything on their path. A Masterweb reporter who was inside St. Michael's Catholic Church compound about 100 meters from Ojukwu's compound gate reported people coughing, sneezing and running away from the church compound. It was a bizarre scene for mourners of their hero.

Ojukwu's body was lowered into the grave at 2.45 pm after prayers, and both the grave and casket sprinkled with Holy Water and incensed.

Masterweb will published more photo news of its coverage of Enyimba Stadium funeral honour of Dim Ojukwu and final burial rites, interment and post-burial activities at his hometown, Nnewi, Anambra State.

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25 comments

Comment from: Odaupere Richard [Visitor]
Odaupere RichardIndeed, ojukwu(ikemba 1) was really a great man. We surely missed him. He was man of an unpreceedented courage.
03/04/12 @ 10:10
Comment from: Chisom [Visitor]
ChisomIt's a gr8 loss 2 Ndi-igbo & d entire nation. We miss u. R I P, Dim c,o, Ojukwu.
03/04/12 @ 13:06
Comment from: Ojuguo [Visitor]
OjuguoHas d politician stole the show from MASSOB or what? I need to find the space in the buriel for MASSOB activities.
03/04/12 @ 13:09
Comment from: Victor [Visitor]
VictorNiger is good in story.let her remember what ogburugburu died for.
03/04/12 @ 14:22
Comment from: Kenny [Visitor]
KennyHe is peoples general indeed. The only true nigerian leader with good sight when others can barely see beyound their nose. Truely, the state is for the people and not the people for the state.
03/04/12 @ 14:50
Comment from: Kenny [Visitor]
KennyR. I. P my true Hero. Indeed, 'the state is for the people and not the people for the'. Give me 1 advantage of 1 nigeria and I will give you 20 reasons why 'divided' nigeria will be better for every nigerian.
03/04/12 @ 15:00
Comment from: Krissunny [Visitor] Email
KrissunnyMay the soul of ikemba ndigbo rest in peac amen
03/04/12 @ 17:05
Comment from: CHUKWUEMEKA [Visitor] Email
CHUKWUEMEKAikemba our mentor, our defender, our HERO,AND OUR Beloved Daddy, the true son of the soil ,a true son of igboland ,Ezigb Nwaafor Ndigbo ji ome onu ,Rest in perfect peace,Adiu Dike Diora mma, Adiu Ezeigbo Gburugburu, we love you , we cherish you , we hoour you, Go in the spirit world and torment those that is tormenting the igbos in the nigeria,A man in nigeria that sayes that igbo people will never have peace , he or her will never , never see peace not to talk of having it, his or her Generation will never,never has peace in this present world and in the next world to come , Igbo bu Igbo, birikwanu,ya Diri onyeukwu mma Diri onye nta mma, ikemba Dead has already unite us, No more it will unite us, is well with the Igbos wherever them may be ,
03/04/12 @ 18:32
Comment from: kamalu henry obinna [Visitor]
kamalu henry obinnaoh! what a gr8 lost 2 d Whole nation but not withstanding God gives God takes I con soul all ndigbo with this comment that our beloved father, brother n grandfather has gone 2 rest. after his job on earth RIP DIM OJUKWU AFRICAN HERO.
03/04/12 @ 19:31
Comment from: G c opara [Visitor]
G c oparaOjukwu is a man of courage who hates injustice n oppression
03/05/12 @ 01:15
Comment from: adeyeloja kehinde [Visitor] Email
adeyeloja kehindeHe was a great man,he will be missed,he was a true african hero,R.I.P ikemba.
03/05/12 @ 05:53
Comment from: Okelagan kazeem [Visitor] Email
Okelagan kazeemI still believe nigeria will still be okay
03/05/12 @ 07:58
Comment from: Obiloabuchi [Visitor] Email
ObiloabuchiMay Almighty God Grant You Internal Rest and those whom has Exit from Earth to Spirit Word, that Includ my B-Love mumi and Our Ancesstor's and Ancesstry's[AMEN]

Sir, Hero, West Coast Soldier,Ezeigbo Gburugburu, we love you , we cherish and hoour you, your memory will always live hear on Earth.
03/05/12 @ 08:25
Comment from: olamide [Visitor] Email
olamideha why god take gud people away and leave d bad one d g8t man as gone woo may his soul rest in perfect peace amen.
03/05/12 @ 08:32
Comment from: engr franklin nnanna okoronkwo [Visitor]
engr  franklin nnanna  okoronkwomay god bless our fahter dim chukwuemeka odumegwu ojukwu
03/05/12 @ 10:43
Comment from: george [Visitor]
georgeR I P
03/05/12 @ 13:22
Comment from: Okey Achugasim [Visitor]
Okey AchugasimThough your physical body has gone to rest but your courageous spirit still resonates along with the indelible legacy you left behind. It is left for us to pick it up where you left it and move it forward. Rest well because we came, we saw, and we conquered. Rest in perfect peace. Amen.
03/05/12 @ 21:49
Comment from: williams [Visitor]
williamsno one like ojukwu again and again
03/06/12 @ 03:07
Comment from: Ayodele Ayobami. [Visitor]
Ayodele Ayobami.Rip
03/06/12 @ 08:41
Comment from: CHIDI INNOCENT OBIALO [Visitor]
CHIDI INNOCENT OBIALOIkemba we miss you greatly, but we know that you still live on. May Almighty God bless your humble soul and give you a perfect rest amen.
03/06/12 @ 09:33
Comment from: Basil Esanbor [Visitor] Email
Basil EsanborHe is indeed a HERO,R.I.P Ikenba Nnewi.
03/06/12 @ 11:27
Comment from: kamal Abubakar [Visitor]
kamal AbubakarR . I . P
03/07/12 @ 16:05
Comment from: Avic victor nwankwo [Visitor]
Avic victor nwankwoAn iroko tree has indeed fallen, a hard-to-feel vaccuum has been created. Oh time calls aloud for the saviour of our generational epoch. God help ndi igbo
03/08/12 @ 09:41
Comment from: Prince ibekwe [Visitor]
Prince ibekweMy happiness is dat Ikemba died his natural death,but nevertheless he died as a hero.And as a bonifide nigerian and as an indigene of Anambra i,ll always put it 2 other nigerian dat we shouldn,t forget what he fought for,d Aburi accord.since d unimplementation has been a problem even uptill this present dispensation.may ezeigbo,s soul rest in perfect peace of d lord.bye
03/10/12 @ 11:11
Comment from: Aniekwe Daniel [Visitor] Email
Aniekwe DanielIndeed he is a man of courage with a burning desire to liberate his people from injustice and inequality. May his gentle s-o-u-l rest in p-e-r-f-e-c-t PEACE.
03/14/12 @ 10:51

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