BY: CHIDI NNADI
Preparatory to his returning home, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu has been discharged from Wellington Hospital in London where he had been receiving physiotherapy treatment, Daily Sun can authoritatively report.
The ex-Biafran warlord took ill last December and was flown to a clinic in Central London where he was treated of stroke and later transferred to Wellington Hospital as his health condition improved.
Ojukwu’s amiable wife, Bianca, who revealed this in an exclusive chat with Daily Sun yesterday in Enugu, said “the Ikemba Nnewi has left hospital and can now interact with people who come to visit him.”
According to her, the Eze Igbo Gburugburu would not return home immediately as he is still recuperating and needs to recover fully.
She also said his return would be delayed as many groups in Nigeria, especially the Movement for the Actualisation for the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) are gearing towards staging a colourful ceremony for his return. She told Daily Sun that her husband was in high spirit to return home as he is known not to be one who likes staying overseas.
Her words: “Eze Igbo is not the type that wishes to stay abroad when he was well. It is his sincere hope and wish that he is home, he hopes to return home to his people soon.” Bianca disclosed that Ojukwu was excited when recently the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha brought his victory news to him at his bedside in Wellington hospital. This made her to recall when late last year the MASSOB leader, Chief Ralph Uwazuruike brought Okorocha to meet Ojukwu in Enugu as the one to fly the flag of APGA in the last governorship election in Imo State.
She disclosed that the Eze Igbo had endorsed the candidature of Okorocha because he was presented to him by Uwazuruike and his antecedent as a philanthropist. She said that before their coming, Chief Martin Agbaso was still nursing the ambition of having another shot at the Imo governorship seat, but Ojukwu believed that Okorocha would do well as governor having as an individual set up projects that are people-oriented.
She, therefore, said it was no surprise to them that Governor Okorocha came to London to share his victory with the ailing war-lord.
Bianca also told Daily Sun that Ikemba is bitter over the attitude of the Abia State governor, Chief T.A. Orji who, she said, had come begging Ojukwu to join APGA when he left PPA. She said that Orji disappointed Ojukwu because after he had come to him, the Igbo leader was committed in the project of seeing him through the election using the APGA platform, but for the governor to defect again to the PDP.
“Eze Igbo is bitter over T.A. Orji disappointment because it was a project he was committed to; the way T.A came to beg and he leaving without a word of goodbye, that he was going back to the PDP made Ojukwu to feel too bad,” she said. She thanked President Goodluck Jonathan for all he did to ensure that Ikemba recovered from his illness, saying that the recognition the president has given to her ailing husband was unequalled.
She said that besides the president coming himself to see Ojukwu before he was flown abroad he had since been sending his envoys to come and see him in his hospital bed in London. Bianca assured Nigerians, particularly Ndigbo that Ojukwu would return soon, saying that it was their prayers that made it possible for him to survive.
“If not for those prayers I do not think even with the best medical treatment in the world he would have survived. I personally saw the work of God in what happened to my husband. Therefore, I cannot thank enough those who had prayed for him,” she said.