Mr. Ukbabi Asika, a former University lecturer who became Administrator of the East Central State?
Mr. Ukbabi Asika, a former University lecturer who became Administrator of the East Central State of Nigeria (formerly self-styled Biafra) at the end of the civil war, began a week-long tour of parts of northern Nigeria at Gboko in Benue-Plateau State on November 25th. It was his first official visit to the area.
Among those there to welcome him were representatives of the one-million Ibos believed to have returned to the north because of the civil war.
Asked by reporters about the security of property of those who had left, Mr. Asika said there was no question of establishing an "abandoned property committee" in his State at the moment, as had been the case in other States of the Federation.
SYNOPSIS: A traditional welcome complete with drums and dancing was given to Mr. Ukbabi Asika recently. The Administrator of the East Central state of Nigeria (the self-styled Biafra of the Nigerian civil war) he was on his first official tour of parts of northern Nigeria at Gboko, in Benue-Plateau State. Among those who welcomed Mr. Asika on his way to the Town Hall were a number of Ibo tribesmen, representatives of those who have returned to the north. About a million Ibos, many of them small traders and civil servants, are believed to have returned to northern Nigeria because of the civil war.
Mr. Asika is an ex-University teacher appointed as an Administrator in the East Central state in October 1967, immediately after the war. He achieved full powers in October 1969 and later became the sole civilian member of the Federal Supreme Military Council. He told reporters during his tour that he intended to return to teaching immediately a new civilian regime came to power. Asked about the security of the property of those who came north because of the war, Mr. Asika said there was no question of establishing an "abandoned property committee" in his State at the moment, as had been the case in other states of the Federation.
He described his current tour as a "great homecoming". He was born in the north of Nigeria, in Jos the state capital. He also expressed hopes that the joint river transport project which was to be operated by the East Central, Mid-West and Benue-Plateau states would assist the easy transport of goods and foodstuffs to all parts of the Federation.