- The national chairman of the United Progressives Party (UPP), Chekwas Okorie, has revealed what late Odumegwu Ojukwu discussed with President Muhammadu Buhari
- Buhari had said that Ojukwu told him that the unity of the country was not negotiable
- But Okorie insisted that Ojukwu never used the word non-negotiable during his discussion with Buhari
The former chairman and founder of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Chekwas Okorie, has said that the late Odumegwu Ojukwu never said that the unity of Nigeria was not negotiable contrary to President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement about his meeting with Ojukwu.
In an interview with the Vanguard, Okorie who is the current national chairman of UPP said that though he did not attend the meeting between the two leaders, hw was given a copy of communique upon his return.
NAIJ.com gathered that Okorie said: “First of all, I was the chairman of Odumegwu Ojukwu’s political party, that is, I was the chairman of APGA that fielded the late Odumegwu Ojukwu as a presidential candidate; so I can tell you authoritatively that I was privy to that meeting in Daura.
“I was not there physically but upon his return he gave me a copy of the communiqué. It was not an agreement as such. It was a communiqué actually and that visit was to reciprocate an earlier visit that Gen. Buhari paid to him at Enugu, accompanied by late Dr. Chuba Okadigbo who was his running mate at that time.
“And he reciprocated that visit by going this time with Dr. Tim Menakeya because I was very busy with party matters and then, they had to go. Yes Gen. Buhari was not entirely out of place about what had transpired but the word “non-negotiable” was never used. As I said it was a communiqué which two of them signed.
“The key words in that direction were that they called for Nigerian unity, oneness and indivisibility and in this unity, oneness and indivisibility; it will be anchored on justice, equity and fair play. The word non-negotiable was never used and it did not appear in that communiqué whose copy I still have.
“Having said that the late Odumegwu Ojukwu has never believed in the kind of unity that Nigeria has and he variously described the unity we have in Nigeria, as the unity of Jonah and the whale; that Jonah was in the belly of the whale, a very dark environment, very uncomfortable and the whale carried him and you wouldn’t call that unity.
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“He always wanted a unity where everybody would breathe the same air of freedom, the same air of justice, of liberty and of equity. I want everybody to know that I am talking authoritatively outside of politics.
“I had a very close liaison with late Odumegwu Ojukwu for 22 years and there are so many things that he said repeatedly that I can very easily quote him on word for word."
Meanwhile NAIJ.com had previously reported that Chief Chekwas Okorie revealed the Biafra agitation championed by the late Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu was not to secede from Nigeria but to get equal opportunity in the country.
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