Sunday, 30 July 2017

South East Governors, NASS, lawmakers boycott Igbo unity programme

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The Southeast governors, National Assembly members and lawmakers from Anambra, Abia, Enugu, Imo and Ebonyi last Friday, boycotted Igbo international summit held to brainstorm on progress and unity of the race.
The event was held in Awka, the capital of Anambra State by Igboezue International, a social cultural pressure group, was also shunned by the President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Nnia Nwodo, governor Ifeanyi Okowa and Nyesom Wike and other notable Igbo of Rivers, Benue, Delta and Cross Rivers States.
However, Arthur Eze, who was also conspicuously absent sent in a representative, while the likes of Chief Damian Okeke Ogene, the Chairman, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Anambra State chapter; Igwe Anthony Okonkwo of Ezedioranma III of Alor, Dr Ramas Okoye-Asuzu, patron Igboezue International; were on attendance.
But speaking on the occasion, the Chairman of Igboezue International and Diaspora, High Chief Pius Okoye, said that the group was impressed over the turnout, adding that it would not relent on promoting Igbo language and culture which the group was founded for.
“We were founded to counter and address the postulations made by UNESCO, an organ of United Nation that Igbo language would go extinct by 2050. We considered the prediction as an insult, aberration and sacrilege. That is why we have resolved never to allow it happen in our life time and generations yet to come. We give credence to moral values and ethos anchored on discipline, truth, respect and patriotism, among others.”
Okoye, however, regrets over what he termed “Gross injustice, gang-up and marginalization of the Igbo ethnic group by federal government of Nigeria”, and pleaded on the government of the day to support his people to thrive on their entrepreneurial skills.
“Lack of federal government presence in terms of infrastructural provision as well as developmental projects and others have rendered many of our entrepreneurial people jobless. We have teaming qualified and able bodied youths who are been frustrated from using their talents and skills to earn a living and create employment because of lack of government attention and obnoxious policies. This is why many have resolved to agitate for Biafra.
“We have advanced plans to build Ultra Modern Civic Centre and Skills Acquisition valued at over N500 to teach them skills. We are also planning to institute Igbo language quiz competition among primary and secondary schools, within the geographical zone.
“We hereby appeal to our lawmakers at the state level and governors to map two days in every week for conducting business of the day in Igbo language. These days people should also be made to dress in Igbo attire. We challenge Igbo traditional rulers to rise to the challenge of being true custodian of our cherished culture and traditional ethos by stop addressing their subjects in functions with English language. Some even use to hold kolanut with left hand instead of the right hand.
Speaking earlier, Chairman on the occasion, Chief Annie Okonkwo, asked people of Anambra State not to heed to Nnamdi Kanu’s faction of IPOB on their insistence on no election in Anambra state, because according to him, voting is their rights.

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