The late Chief Dennis Osadebay
, who spearheaded the whole movement constantly requested a separate province for Ibos who live west of the River Niger".It was not until the short-lived administration of General Murtala Mohammed in 1975 did Onitsha became associated with the demand to create a Niger State".
Osadebay said The Western Ibos joined with the Ibos living immediately East of the Niger in Onitsha, Ogbaru and Anambra local government areas to demand the creation of a Niger State (Osadebay
, Anioma : Story of a dream state, 1991).Continuing, Osadebay
added, When the Commission sat at Onitsha, the late Sir Louis Mbanefo, a great legal luminary, who served as Chief Justice of Eastern Nigeria, gave evidence and told the Commission that Onitsha, Ogbaru and Anambra local government areas should not be joined to the Ibos west of the Niger to form Niger State and the Irikefe Commission did not recommend the Niger State demanded by the Ibos, but recommended the Niger State now in the Northern part of the country The evidence of the late Sir Louis Mbanefo to the Irikefe Commission is instructive on this issue of Onitsha people in Anioma".This great legal luminary objected to Onitsha people in Anioma and his
objection was sustained by the Commission.So, you can see that it is not Anioma people who did not want Onitsha people to join them.Rather it was the other way round.
We honored the late Chief Dennis Osadebay
with a posthumous award for his
vision and struggle for Anioma people.
TE : How has the response of Anioma people in the U.S. been.