By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Anambra Chapter last Tuesday Inaugurated Nnewi South Chapter of the Apex Igbo Socio-Cultural Organization with a call on the 24-man Committee to synergize and forge a common front with the traditional rulers and the presidents general of the various communities in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The newly Inaugurated committee had Dr. Chudi Okechukwu as its chairman and had from now to 2021 to serve.
Inaugurating the committee at Ukpor, Nnewi South Local Government Area headquarters, the state president of the Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo Anambra Chapter, Ichie Damian Okeke-Ogene (Mbuze Nanka) harped on mutual respect and cooperation, calling on them to work closely with the traditional rulers in the area for improved service delivery.
Chief Ogene who is the Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU) enjoined committee operate all-inclusive leadership anchored on love and understanding, brotherhood, saying that they (the newly Inaugurated) would never exist in isolation, insisting that there was need for serious cooperation, collaboration and concelebration with all the recognized bodies in the area.
According to the Ohanaeze state president, they were at Ukpor to officially inaugurate the Nnewi South Chapter of the association which, he said, came into being in sometime ago, noting that they would carry out the same exercise in all the Local Government Areas of the state, adding that re-inauguration was part of his administration to reach out to the grassroots.
He emphasized that Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo had no interest in politics, saying that they were interested in peace, love and progress of every community in Anambra state. Ogene who led his fellow state exco to paid a courtesy call on the traditional rulers of Nnewi South at their Obi domiciled in the Local Government Area headquarters.
Ogene who was in the company of the Secretary of the state chapter of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Chief Nnawuzie, the administrative secretary, Chief Luke Onyekaonwu, the state women’s leader, Lady Ekwenibe (Mama Father) and others appealed to all well meaning son and daughter of Nnewi South to support Ohanaeze financially and materially, saying that the association had no known source of income.
He urged parents to look after their children, especially the girl child, stating that some mothers had threw caution to the wind, adding that daughters always emulate their mothers’ waywardness.
‘Modern day family is truly misbehaving. Some married women today compete with their daughters in committing all manner of atrocious acts. Starting from their dress code in public places. Men and women should live by example,’ Mbuze Nanka urged
Responding, the chairman of Nnewi South Traditional rulers council and the traditional ruler of Unubi, HRH Igwe Umennajiego, thanked Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo state leadership for the visit and for according them respect, assuring that they would continue to support Ohanaeze and its activities.
He advised Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo to thread cautiously on the issue of Fulani herdsmen, saying that asking herders to leave the Zone may not be in the overall best interest of Ndi Igbo, adding that those killing and raping women in the name of cattle rearing were not Nigerians.
The royal father who said he spent forty years in the Northern Nigeria enjoined all to be vigilant, saying that chasing the Fulani herdsmen away from the southeast would affect Igbo businessmen and businesswomen in the North adversely.
Earlier, the Chairman of Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Nnewi South Chapter, Dr. Chudi Okechukwu who spoke on behalf of his colleagues promised to adhere strictly to admonitions of the state president.
Presentation of certificates to the newly Inaugurated committee, group photographs and refreshment formed the highpoints of the occasion.