OPKG installs old Nodejs

I am trying to get NodeJS running on LXDE image

These cmds will install Node 8.4 and from google it says that OPKG is a simpler aplet that cannot select versions
opkg update
opkg install nodejs
opkg install nodejs-npm

When I have NPM then these cmds I can get the version however this version is not made current?
npm cache clean -f
npm install -g n (install node version manager)
npm install -g n lts
N (select version by scrolling)

removing the old install leaves me with no NodeJS

How can I install the latest node with this frustrating OPKG pls?
opkg remove nodejs

You can add nodeJS meta-layer and rebuild an OS image. Please check this article for details.