The Imo State Governor and Host Governor of the last Ohaneze Ndịgbo Worldwide Elders Council meeting, His Excellency, Distinguished Senator Hope Uzodimma addressed the issues of Alaigbo Unity and Igbos accepting the hands of friendship offered by the Government at the centre.
Governor Hope Uzodimma who spoke at the well attended Social-Cultural meeting held at the New Banquet Hall, Government House, Owerri, Imo State, stated that it is a settled matter that as a people we cannot make any progress without unity.
“For us to be respected by the rest of Nigeria, we must be seen to be speaking with one voice” Uzodimma stated.
He commended the turn out of a galaxy of Igbo Leaders comprising of Intelligentsia in Business, Religion, Politics, that all gathered under one roof as this shows a strong move to start the unity journey in Igboland.
“It gladdens my heart to see this array of who is who in Igboland at this meeting and I congratulate all of us for this show of solidarity” Uzodimma added.
Governor Uzodimma suggested to the Ohaneze Ndigbo Elders gathered at the meeting, the consideration of accepting of the efforts and hands of friendship offered by the Government at the Centre and the ruling APC to Igbos as he threw the question open: “Is this not the right time for us to cement a new friendship with those who have offered us friendship? “
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Elders Council was well attended with the presence of the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. Dave Umahi, Governor of Enugu State (represented by the State’s SSG), Senators, House of Representatives’ members, Ministers, Past President General as well as Apex leaders such as Professor George Obiozor, President-General Ohaneze Ndi Igbo Worldwide; His Royal Majesty Alfred Achebe CFR (The Obi of Onitsha)
Engr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu (Ahaejiagamba), and First Republic Minister of Information, Mbazulike Amaechi, HE. T. A. Orji (Ochendu), Former Governor of Abia State; Rt. Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Olisa Chukwuma (Bishop), OON of Enugu Anglican Diocese; Professor Kingsley Moghalu, Dr. Paschal Dozie, Dr. Mrs. Okonji-Iweala, Director-General WTO; Dr. Uche Ogah, Minister of State on Mines and Steel; HE. Chris Ngige, Minister for Labour and Employment; Admiral Ike Nwachukwu; HE. Chief Ikedi Ohakim, Fomer Governor of Imo state, HE. Chief Mrs Ada Okwuonu, former Deputy Governor of Imo State; HE. Chief Ebere Udeagu, Former Deputy Governor of Imo State, High Chief Tony Chukwu; Chief Douglas Achulonu, amongst others.