In Nigeria, former Biafran Secessionist leader, the Ikemba of Nnewi, Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwo Ojukwu, announced on January 17 that he had joined the ruling National Party.
CU Chief Ojukwu Speaking (English SOT) addressing reporters.
SV NPN party supporters.
CU Chief Ojukwu speaking (SOT).
OJUKWU: (SEQ 1 & 3) "In this war, there has been a lot of destruction, a lot of suffering. At the end of the war, a policy of no victor, no vanquished was established, but it remained for this to be put into practice in real terms. The Ibos as I saw then on my return, would seem to suffer some disabilities still, in fact, those disabilities still they see an punishment, continued punishment for participating in the war. And in a country where we're all striving to forget the past and move forward to a brighter future, this constant reminder, this constant punishment, this constant reproach, inhibited the Ibo to participation in Nigerian body politic. They would like to feel that in Nigeria, they could do, they could aspire to any position. they would like to feel that there are no limitations to their contributive capacity in Nigeria. They would like to feel that they could be appreciated fully in Nigeria. They would like to feel that they could be honoured in Nigeria for their contribution. In short, the Ibo would like to feel that one day, an Ibo could become president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria."
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Background: In Nigeria, former Biafran Secessionist leader, the Ikemba of Nnewi, Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwo Ojukwu, announced on January 17 that he had joined the ruling National Party. Mr. ojukwu was speaking at a press conference held in the south eastern city of Enugu. This was his first meeting with journalists since returning six months ago from more than 12 years of exile following the defeat of his Ibo tribe in the 1967-70 civil war. He told reporters that it was time to put the past behind them and look to the future. he added that Ibos had to feel they were needed in their country. Mr. ojukwu was elected a vice chairman for his area of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) and said he had no immediate intention of seeking national political office. But he did not rule out the possibility of standing for the presidency in the 1987 elections of the NPN candidacy fell to a member of the Ibo. According to Mr. Ojukwu, the NPN offered the only hope of political power for the Ibos as it was the sole party with a policy cimmitted to rotating the tops positions on a regional basis.)