Former Minister of Aviation and one-time Minister of Information and Culture Chief John Nwodo arrives in Nigeria He served as a lieutenant colonel in the Biafran army during the 1967-1970 civil war.

He also had a difficult time getting his parents to send him to school at the University of London College (now the University of Ibadan) to further his education after the war because, he said, he had some history with the Western Prime Minister who was the Minister of Finance during the war.

General Ohanaze Ndigbo, President of the Higher Igbo Socio-Cultural Group, made the opening remarks at a dinner hosted by the University of Ibadan on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the University of Ibadan.

“I went to the University of Ibadan at the end of the civil war. By the end of the war, going to the UI was a difficult decision to support my parents.

“We were so new to police action that it turned into a war of the southeast. I was a veteran of the Biafran army and was studying at the University, the home of the former Prime Minister of the Western Province, who was the Minister of Finance during the war.

“My mother went to the masses on my behalf. I came to Ibadan and a few of my seniors in the faculty told me that I had a club to join, which kept me at home.

“That’s how I became a member of Sigmae Club. I learned politeness and punctuality from the club, which helped me in my career.

Speaking about his experiences at the University of Ibadan where he was considering becoming president of the Union of Students, he said how a competitor wanted to ‘buy’ the race instead of giving the right speech.

“After some time, I was running for the school SUG presidency, and you can imagine what would happen if an Igbo man wanted to be president (Nigeria) at this time. One of the contestants came and used a Yoruba song to start the talk.

“This SUG choice was unethical, and my mentor, Dr. Balola, who was then the Dean of Student Affairs, was embarrassed. A faithful signator went to him and told him that I too should speak. This shows the purity of the SIGMA club. A club without nationalism, ”he added.

For his part, SIGMA Chief Olarenwaju Ibrahim called on the club members to support a number of projects for poor Nigerians and establish a SIGMA Foundation.

Ibrahim: “The Sigma Foundation includes SIGMA House, Scholarship, Endowment Fund, Music Carnival, Writing and Question Contest, Charitable Journey and more on the Board of Trustees.

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