Bianca Ojukwu, the wife of the late Biafran warlord, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Saturday, decried the dearth of credible Igbo leaders in the present time.
Mrs Ojukwu, former Nigeria’s ambassador to Spain, stated this at the 11th edition of Dim Ojukwu Memorial Day held in Owerri, Imo State. According to her, since the demise of the Ikemba of Nnewi, Ndigbo had lost forthright leaders that can courageously stand for the Igbo project.
She said, “Until 2023 we will remember that power has fallen when Dim Ojukwu died. We miss him particularly in Igboland. Why do we miss him? It is because in Igboland today, we have deficit of credible leaders.
“What we have today in Igboland are men who are not men. What we have today is one man down, one less competitor. That is why with what is happening today in the country, we don’t have men who can stand up to speak for Ndigbo.
“At no time of the history of our people do we have the type of criminalities and criminals as we see on a daily basis in Igboland. Even during the war, we never heard or saw that people came out with knives to slice the throat and neck of another human being with pride.
“This is what we are seeing today. Why are we seeing it? We are seeing it because the general perception of not only the Igbo youths but the entirety of Nigerian youths is that Nigeria has become a crematorium of dreams.
“That Nigeria has become a premature restive place of hopes and aspirations and the youths look around and see nothing but wasteland.
“Come to the Southeast, there is today lack of federal presence, no industries. So how can you earn a legitimate living when the system has completely collapsed? We are suffering a total system failure in economy, and security when a government can no longer guarantee lives and safety on the property and investments of the citizens.”
She also called for the immediate release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra,who is currently being detained at the custody of the Department of State Services.
Bianca said, “I call for the immediate and unconditional release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. I do so firmly convinced that no nation can hold its people hostage and have peace. It is impossible because peace is freedom and also no nation can hold the dreams of its citizens to ransom and prosper.”