Former Secretary of the Civil Liberties Organization (CLO) in Abia State, Comrade Okechukwu Keshi Ukaegbu has lamented that the Abia State government was yet to fulfill a pledge it made during the burial of the late civil rights activist, Chima Ubani.
Ubani, former Executive Director of CLO, died in auto crash on September 25, 2005 on the Postikum/Yobe highway while coordinating the Labour and Civil Society, LASCO coalition protests against the increase in the prices of petroleum products by the then President Olusegun Obasanjo administration.
It would be recalled that Ubani hailed from Obete Umuoha village in Obingwa local government area of Abia State.
According to Ukaegbu, “during Chima Ubani’s burial, the then governor of Abia state, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu, who was represented by his deputy, Dr. Chima Nwafor made a pledge to name a road after the late activist, but never did that until it left office in 2017.
“The federal government has just honoured the president winner of the June 12 1993 poll, but there cannot be June 12 without Chima Ubani, he deserves to be honoured for his great sacrifices. Chima Ubani died for Nigeria .This is 14 years after his death. Chima Ubani was an activist to the core, he gave his all. It is regrettable that nothing has been named after him.
Even the Abia State government was yet to fulfill a pledge it made to name a road in honour of Chima Ubani . I commend former Lagos state government, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu for providing succor to Chima Ubani’s family. Chima Ubani may have died in vain.
The former CLO secretary urged the Abia State government to erect a monument in honour of Chima Ubani in appreciation of his sacrifices to nation.