SENATOR Uche Chukwumerije yesterday in an emotion laden voice sympathised with the people of Asaba, describing the city as the blackest spot in the history of Nigerian civil war.
Speaking at a symposium, tagged “A memory on the Niger”, in memory of late Dim Odumegwu-Ojukwu, Chukwumerije said: “If civil war was one black spot in the history of Nigeria and if blackness has degree of blackness, Asaba is the blackest spot in the Nigeria history.
“Asaba remains a capsule and climax of genocidal wave that was called the Nigerian civil war,. We must have something more than a cenotaph in Asaba. And this memorial must be properly chronicled by the United Nations.”
The symposium was attended by the Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, Chief Sonny Odogwu, Ide Ahaba, President General of Ika-Ikenga, Dr. Sylvan Ebigwei, Professor B.I.J. Ijomah, among others.
President-General of Aka Ikenga, Dr. Ebigwei, lamented that the inequalities and inadequacies designed during and immediately after the civil war to short-changed Ndigbo politically and economically were yet to be corrected.
According to him, “South East today has the least states and local government areas.”
On his part, Chief Sonny Odogwu said: “My tribute to you, Emeka, will be incomplete if I do not take this opportunity to urge Nigerian citizens, especially the leadership of this country, to correct those structural deficiencies and social injustices against which many of us sacrificed our lives and resources.