OBAFEMI AWOLOWO FOUNDATION
28 LANRE AWOLOKUN ROAD
GBAGADA PHASE II
December 2, 2011
PRESS STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF CHIEF ODUMEGWU OJUKWU
The Ọbafẹmi Awolọwọ Foundation mourns the passing away of a leading Nigerian political figure, a fine officer and gentleman and one of our trustees, Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu.
Chief Ojukwu was invited to serve on the inaugural Board of Trustees of the Foundation almost 20 years ago. His choice was based on his renowned respect and admiration for Chief Ọbafẹmi Awolọwọ, whom he famously described as ‘the best president Nigeria never had’.
Chief Ojukwu accepted our invitation to serve under the chairmanship of General Yakubu Gowon without any hesitation whatsoever, and by so doing, demonstrated his readiness to join hands with us to sustain and promote a worthy legacy and, perhaps more importantly, his resolve to lead by example in the national effort to put the past behind us. We will always treasure his association with the Foundation.
We condole his widow, Chief Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu, his entire family, and the nation at large on the sad loss of this great Nigerian.
May his soul rest in perfect peace.
For: Ọbafẹmi Awolọwọ Foundation
Dr Ọlatokunbọ Awolọwọ Dosumu.