Emeka Ojukwu, son of the late Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu, has validated President Muhammadu Buhari’s claim that his father is in support of a united Nigeria.
The younger Ojukwu also condemned certain comments credited to him as discrediting Buhari’s claim of friendship with his late father/
During his national broadcast, Buhari had narrated how Ojukwu visited him in 2003 in his hometown in Daura and how he told him that he stood for a united Nigeria.
“In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura,” Buhari had said.
“Over two days, we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.”
Following the broadcast, there were reports in some online newspapers that Ojukwu junior refuted the President’s claims. This prompted him to issue a statement on Wednesday in Awka, the Anambra State capital, to set the records straight.
“It has been brought to my attention that there is an article making the rounds on social media attributed to me refuting the remarks of Mr. President concerning his relationship and discussions with my late father,” the younger Ojukwu stated.
“Let me state the following categorically; firstly, that I made no such comments to anybody, and secondly that I am aware that His Excellency’s comments were indeed factual.”
Ojukwu said he never granted any media interview or posted any massage on social media saying that Buhari was wrong about his discussions with his late father.
He said: “I have noticed a disturbing trend recently of fake news being attributed to me on social media. I don’t know who is behind it or what their motivation might be.
“But let me assure you that any time I feel the need to comment publicly on any matter, I will not do so via some anonymous email or anything of the like, rather be rest assured that there will be no ambiguity whatsoever as to whether the comments came from me.”