Friday, 30 September 2016


Shehu Yaradua Centre has always been a venue for elite occasions and on September 29, 2016; it was the turn of Honourable Chudi Offodile to draw his own crowd of distinguished personalities that cut across all spheres of life.

It was the occasion of the presentation of his book, ‘THE POLITICS OF BIAFRA AND THE FUTURE OF NIGERIA’

Among the personalities that graced the occasion were the former Vice President of Nigeria; Chief Alex Ekwueme and his wife, the former Senate President;
Senator Ken Nnamani, former Speaker of House of Representatives; Hon. Ghali Na’aba, the former DG, Maritime Authority; Ferdinand Agu, Chief of Staff of Chief Peter Obi the then Anambra State Governor, Chief Chekwas Okorie, Former Chairman of NDDC; Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, Chief Victor Umeh, Simon Okeke, Former Minister of Education and VP, World Bank Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, Deputy Speaker House of Representatives Emeka Ihedioha, former CBN Governor; Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, Clem Nwogbo, Emeka Nwogbo,  Collins Iloanya and many others.

The event was anchored by Dr. Abiodun Adeleye. Chief Chidoka, former Aviation Minister moderated the discussion session. He described the book as an exercise of the finest intellectual character that took a deep look at the place of Ndigbo in the past, present and future.

The book reviewer Chief Chukwuma Soludo stated that the book was one of the best books on Biafra. He equally described the 20 short chapters of 7 parts of 279 paged book as the book on the future of Nigeria. It is a book that has done a lot of thinking for us.

He loved the book because it is laced with humour, well researched and takes you on a historical journey. One of the highpoints of the book is on Nigeria’s futile attempt at forging a nation.

The book he said dealt with several themes like Igbo identity  crisis, the coup, the counter coup, period of hostilities, the Aburi agreement, the golden era of Nigeria, years of decline, Dr. Ekwueme’s bid for power, betrayal, the PDP years among others.

The book is of the view that development will continue to elude Nigeria until it confronts the Nigerian dilemma.

Soludo concluded his review by stating that the major challenge in Nigeria was leadership failure.

Finally on a personal note, he advised the President not to listen to anyone who advises him to ignore the burning issue of the Biafra. He also wants him to order for the release of Nnamdi Kanu from detention.

The next speaker was Bishop Matthew Kukah. In his welcome address, he said that it was so much as what has happened but what followed the day after.

In Nigeria he noted, no ethnic or region is happy.

The discussion panel was made up of; Prof. A.B.C Nwosu a former Minister of Education, Prof. Ihechukwu Madubuike a former Minister of Education, Dr. Wale Okediran the former President of Association of Nigerian Authors.

On their views about the work, Prof. A.B.C Nwosu said he was proud of the author for the tremendous courage he showed in interrogating autocracy and for writing a book that was extremely readable. He stated that despite what the author and his family went through, the book was devoid of bitterness.

He concluded that restructuring is the answer because according to him, change is a law of life and those who keep looking back miss the point.

Prof. Madubuike stated that there were many reasons why authors write ranging from fame to money and many others. However he sensed after reading Chudi Offodile’s book that the author sought to correct a historical perspective.

He stated that Nigeria has lived in denial for so long and it was time it took a position. Unlike what the thinking among some quarters is, the Igbos are not leaderless. The phrase Igboenweze (Igbos do not have a king) means that there is royalty in every Igbo man.

On justice for the Igbos, he said that people can live without religion but no one can live without justice.

He however warned that the much touted restructuring can only work when justice, equity and respect for human beings is made the centre.

Finally, he stated that restructuring the country did not mean self-determination.

Dr. Wale Okediran an award winning author commended the author for his good command of English. 

The book he stated was in two parts; history of Biafra and the future of Biafra.

He described the Igbos as energetic and a brilliant race. 

He described literature as a unifying factor and stated that Nigeria owns the Adichie, Achebe, Ekwensi and other Igbo notable writers.

Okediran said that he was happy to be part of the project because he urged the author who was his colleague at National Assembly to write the book after listening to his brilliant analysis on topical issues. He also continued working with the author until the book was completed.

In his vote of thanks, the author recognised Chief Joop Berkhout the Chairman of Safari Books Ltd and his son for publishing the book after they read and found it worthy.

He recognised late Senate President, Chuba Okadigbo who urged him to write articles and Prof. Soludo who in response to the manuscript he sent to him complimented him as writing a successful book.

He thanked all those who graced the occasion from all over Nigeria to grace the occasion.

It was a successful event not just in terms of the money pledged but in terms of the wealth of knowledge gained on the burning issue of Biafra.

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