One of the five majors listed in late Major Wale Ademoyega‘s book, Why We Struck, Captain Emmanuel Nworah Nwobosi, as one of the five officers who joined hands with late Major Chukwuma Kaduna Nzeogwu in ousting the first civilian administration in Nigeria, is dead.
Col Nwobosi who died at the age of 82 Tuesday, was until his death, an elder-statesman, teacher, community leader and counselor to the younger generation in the South-East. He hailed from Obosi in Anambra state.
While confirming his death, Hon. Emmanuel Nwobosi (jnr) , son of the late Patriarch said his father died after a brief illness associated with old age. According to him, the family would hold a family meeting to deliberate on the funeral preparations before giving further details about burial plans for the deceased.
Hon Nwobosi who is an aide to the governor of Anambra state said: “Yes, my father, Col Emma Nworah Nwobosi, is dead. He died today (Tuesday) after a brief illness, reasonably associated with old age. Meanwhile, my family will make formal announcement for his burial on a later date.”
In a quick reaction, the member of the House of Representatives representing Nnewi North, Nnewi South and Ekwusigo Federal Constituency, Chris Emeka Azubogu, described elder Nwobosi’s death as a big loss to the Igbo nation. He also commiserated with the Nwobosi family over the demise of on their patriarch.
The lawmaker, who said Nwobosi was a trusted and dependable ally of the late Biafra warlord, Chief Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu (Ikemba Nnewi), prayed God to give the family the courage to bear the death of the elder-statesman.
According to him, the Igbo nation in general and the entire Obosi community in particular have lost a worthy leader and elder-statesman whose life is worthy of emulation.
In what may be one of his last interviews published by The News magazine, entitled Why Nigeria will not make an Igbo man president-Col Nwobosi, the late Patriarch of the Nwobosi family spoke about his involvement in the Nzeogwu coup of 1966, why Igbo may not be president, at least for now, among other subject matters.
“ I was in Enugu, the capital of the then Eastern Nigeria, when the rumbles and disagreement between the then military governor of Eastern Nigeria, Lt. Col Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, and the then Nigerian military government started. Before then, there was a coup followed by a counter coup in Nigeria. I happened to be one of the executors of the coup.”
On the possibility of an Igbo person being president in 2023, the late elder-statesman had ruled it out, saying at least not in the foreseeable future. He said: “As far as I am concerned and considering how things are moving presently, there is no hope for Nigeria having a president of Igbo extraction in a foreseeable future.
“Anybody promising a president of Igbo extraction in 2023 is making jest of the people of the south east. You must count one before you count two. How could a people, who hate you so passionately today and find it difficult to employ you as a messenger, come out the next day to give you the presidency? How could that happen?
“My 82-year-old gray hair cannot deceive me. If, at my age, I will still discuss or believe that kind of talk, I must be a foolish man… It is left for people with shallow mentality to believe. I am not being pessimistic but, as far as 2023 is concerned, Igbo presidency is elusive.”