…As late Ojukwu, Maitama, 13 others bag awards

By Chinonso Alozie

OWERRI—The different socio-cultural organisations representing the various zones in Nigeria, yesterday arrived in Owerri for the Igbo Day Celebration.

IGBO DAY CELEBRATION: Representative of Enugu State governor and state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Rita Mbah (middle), Deputy President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief O.A.U. Onyema (left), Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Joe Nworgu (right) and other top members of the apex Igbo association, during the Igbo Day celebration in Enugu, yesterday.

This is as the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha said the Igbo had been misunderstood in the country.

While the Ohanaeze Ndigbo was led by its President, Chief Nnia Nwodo, Afenifere was led by the Deputy National leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo and PANDEF  led by  deputy national chairman,  Francis Doukpola.

Also, the former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau was at the event.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki was represented by the  chairman, Senate Committee on Education, Jibrin Barau.

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At the event, awards of different categories were given to Igbo sons as well others outside Igbo land.

The awardees for the Igbo day celebration were,  Governor of Kano State, Abdulahi Ganduje; Chief Jim Nwobodo; Chief Arthur Nzeribe; former President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Gary Enwo Igariwey; General  Azubuike Ihejirika (retd) and  Commodore Ndubuisi Kanu.

Others include; John Nnia Nwodo; Dr Paul Unongo and Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu.

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For posthumous awards, late Sam Mbakwe; late Akanu Ibiam; late Maitama Sule; late Dick Tiger Ihetu; and late Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu got the awards.

Earlier in his remark, when the leadership of  Ohanaeze Ndigbo paid Governor Okorocha a courtesy visit at the Government House, he said: “Ohanaeze is a socio-cultural organisation like Afenifere and Arewa.

“Ohanaeze could relate and marry these organizations and use them to launch the campaign that would truly make other parts of Nigeria to see Igbos as fellow Nigerians in whom they should be well pleased.”



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