By Emma Elekwa, Onitsha
Late Col. Emmanuel Nwobosi, Chief Security Officer to the Biafran Leader, Late Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, would be accorded full state burial by the Anambra State Government, the family of deceased has said.
Nwobosi, former captain of the Nigerian Army and Colonel in the defunct Biafran Army, died on November 24 at his country home, Obosi, in Idemili North Local Government Area of the state.
Briefing newsmen on burial plans, his son, Hon. Ike Emmanuel Nwobosi jnr, a special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Internally Generated Revenue, said Governor Willie Obiano assured that the deceased would be given a befitting burial.
He described the deceased as an elder statesman whose sense of humour and ability to heal broken hearts was exemplary and a man who knew what mattered most and was loyal to any course he believed in.
He said, “Governor Obiano who was one of the early callers to the Obosi residence of Nwobosi, expressed sadness over my father’s demise and promised that the state government would ensure that he was given a befitting burial.
“In a condolence register signed by the Governor, he said the Igbo race has lost an icon, an iroko and a legend of the Biafran war.
“My father was supposed to have a private meeting with the Governor in the afternoon before he passed on in the morning hours of same day.
“Born on 21st January 1939, Col. Nwobosi rtd attended St. John’s College Kaduna in 1954. He joined the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst in 1960 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant where he rose to the rank of a Captain in the Nigerian Army before the civil war in 1967.
“As a Colonel in the Biafran Army, he played prominent roles being a Field Commander and very close to the Biafran Leader, Late Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu and later served Ojukwu as his Chief of Staff and close confidante.
“Col. Nwobosi was among the officers led by Major Nzeogwu that plotted and executed the January 15, 1966 military coup in Nigeria. He was also one of the pioneers that set up the first field battery of the Nigerian Army Artillery.”