Mrs. Bianca Odumegwu-Ojukwu, the widow of the late Biafran warlord, Chief Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu, has said that she slapped the wife of former Anambra State governor because the latter tried to remove her hair tie, an act that is considered a sacrilege for a titled Igbo woman.
The former beauty queen was explaining the circumstances that led to a fracas between herself and Ebelechukwu Obiano at the swearing-in ceremony of Anambra’s new governor, Prof Charles Soludo on Thursday.
While initial stories had said it was Obinano’s wife that slapped Bianca, it turned out however that the reverse was the case. According to Bianca, she was stunned by the fact that the former First Lady of the State was already drunk by the early hours of the day.
Bianca, a former Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, gave her explanations in a statement she issued in Awka, the Anambra State capital, on Friday.
“As the inaugural ceremonies for Prof Charles Soludo and his deputy began and all guests were seated, the Former First Lady of Anambra State, Mrs Ebele Obiano, was noticeably absent. She then arrived some one-and-a-half hours later while the ceremony was on. I didn’t pay any particular attention to her arrival.
“Surprisingly, she then walked towards me and I thought she was coming to greet me. Instead, when she got to where I was seated, she verbally attacked me with her voice raised, taunting me and asking me what I was there to do and using unprintable vile language.
“She asked if I had come to celebrate their last day in office. But I ignored her completely. Then, she kept aggressively putting her hands on my shoulders and shouting. While I ignored her verbal onslaught, as advised by those sitting around me, I requested twice that she refrained from touching me with her hands.