Sunday, November 6, 2011

Ndigbos In Nigeria Urge Unity As They Celebrate Ojukwu’s Birthday Igbo people saw the need for peace among themselves and others which appeared to be one of their paramount discussion as they met at the residence of Ikemba Nnewi, Odumegwu Ojukwu to celebrate his 78th birthday. Among the dignitaries present at the event were; the leader of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign States of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike , Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi, National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, former Governor of Imo State Ikedi Ohakim, former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Prof Charles Soludo, Publisher of Champion Newspapers, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, among others. In an address, Owelle Okorocha declared that the day the Igbos decided to come together, other groups in Nigeria would bow for them, pointing out that disunity had torn the zone apart. Additionally, the problem of Ndigbo was themselves because they have not come together and work as one and queried what the Igbo were looking for that is hindering them from coming together. Okorocha continued that day of the Igbo looking for pity and crying of marginalisation was over because no one can marginalise the Igbo, rather they are the ones marginalising themselves. Okorocha advised the Igbo to shun violence or adopting methods by other Nigerians to achieve their aims because violence would not take the Igbo anywhere. He described the celebration of Ojukwu’s birthday as a celebration of excellence and to give honour to whom honour is due. Gov. Obi noted that whatever progress that Nigeria had made today was as a result of the sweat of the Igbo as it were the Igbo that spearheaded the struggle for Nigeria’s independence. In remark, Ojukwu’s wife, Bianca, said she was overwhelmed by the show of love for her husband and the mammoth crowd that turn out for the event that was supposed to be a private one. In the famous words of Mr. King, why can't we and others just get along? Let us live peacefully for a better Nigeria!

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