Monday, 25 July 2011
The Search for Odumegwu-Ojukwu.
Ikemba Nnewi Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu is a Nigerian icon and one of the most revered heroes of the Igbo. Governor Peter Obi of Anambra, Victor Umeh, the national chairman of APGA, and some of the governor's associates have created the impression that the Ikemba is currently recuperating in a top hospital in the United Kingdom. Governor Obi and his close associates have been pretending that the governor has budgeted lots of money to give the best care to Chief Ojukwu. When www.saharareporters.com recently published an exclusive investigative report detailing how the governor has abandoned Ikemba Nnewi, Mr. Obi's handlers launched a media campaign aimed at misleading fans of the ailing leader to believe that the governor had been settling Ikemba's medical bills and that the former leader of Biafra was recuperating dramatically well.
Governor Obi recently claimed that Ikemba Nnewi is in "remarkably stable and satisfactory health condition" and even went on to say Chief Ojukwu would be home soon to be "waving to his supporters and chairing meetings".
However, my Investigation shows that Chief Ojukwu is not in any condition to be back home healthy anytime soon.
I tracked the Ikemba down at the Royal Berkshire Hospital (NHS) after a trip that started from The London Clinic to The Wellington Clinic, and Lynden Hill Home Care all at various locations in the United Kingdom.
For the sake of decency I have decided to only show just a side of Chief Ojukwu's bed, as it would be against all forms of decency to show his face. For the sake of posterity, however, I call on all Nigerians to mount pressure on Gov Obi and all those involved in the scam to milk Ojukwu for political gain.
Dim Ojukwu is on life support and unfortunately in a state that is too grim to be described. Just as Nigerians demanded the true state of health of former President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, Gov. Obi, Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu (nee Onoh), and the rest of the Ojukwu family owe not just Ndi-Igbo but the whole of Nigeria the truth about what is really happening to a man who, even though he led the Biafran War, remains one of the great Icons of modern Nigeria.
Some parts of the video were blurred to protect the identity of the hard-working NHS personnel at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
Kayode Ogundamisi is a commentator on Nigerian and international affairs, he was involved in the Nigerian pro-democracy struggle, Ogundamisi survived a trumped-up charge of treasonable offence against the military government of General Babangida, he was detained in Jos prison in 1991 and released after intensive local and international campaigns against the government charging him and 12 other students before a military tribunal. Ogundamisi was a frontline member of the National Association of Nigerian Student and a former secretary general of the University of Jos Students Union in Nigeria and the O'dua People’s Congress.
Ogundamisi currently shuttles between his base in The United Kingdom and his Country of Birth Nigeria where he runs a programme on self-empowerment. He is the convener of the Liberty Forum UK and his involved in engaging local communities and community and social empowerment.
He graduated with a B.SC in Political Science from University of Jos. The Nigerian Institute of Journalism and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Ogun State University and Masters in International Relations from the London Metropolitan University. He is a volunteer campaigns fellow for the German human rights group IMRV Bremen.
Ogundamisi was appointed by the UK government as a board member of the United Kingdom Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) a position he held for 3 years. Ogundamisi is very active on the social media, with his commentary blog "The Canary" under the twitter handle @ogundamisi and he writes sporadic independent op-ed articles for major Nigerian media outlets.
Ogundamisi is the host of the diaspora community socio political programme “PolitricsWithKO” on Europe’s first ethnic oriented television Channel BEN-TV broadcasting on BSKYB 238 and Startime Africa/Freeview Channel 244.