27 February 2013

Nigeria: Bianca Condemns Demolition of Ojukwu Memorial Library in Owerri

Mrs Bianca Ojukwu, wife of the late Igbo leader, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu has condemned the demolition of Ojukwu Memorial Library in Owerri by unknown persons.

Ojukwu, who is also the Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, said this on Wednesday in Owerri during an inspection tour of the demolished property.

She described the destruction as a sheer act of wickedness, saying that the public would have benefited greatly from the use of the library facilities.

"I am astonished that an Igbo man can be capable of such wickedness; to destroy something built in memory of a man the entire Igbo nation is so proud of," she said.

Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra, who was present at the venue, also condemned the destruction.

"The effort it took to build this library should be appreciated and not repaid in this manner," he said.

The leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Mr Ralph Uwazurike who funded the building of the library, expressed his sorrow at the demolition.

He , however, said that work on the project would continue despite the setback.

Uwazurike also promised to compensate his neighbours whose properties were also destroyed.


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