By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Anambra Chapter, last Tuesday Inaugurated the 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 the state.
The newly Inaugurated committee has Dr. Chudi Okechukwu as its chairman and has from now to 2021 to serve.
Inaugurating the committee at Ukpor, Nnewi South Local Government Area headquarters, the state president of the group, Anambra Chapter, Ichie Damian Okeke-Ogene, 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 the committee to operate an all-inclusive leadership anchored on love, understanding, and 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 Ohaneze state president, they were at Ukpor to officially inaugurate the Nnewi South Chapter of the association which, he said, came into being some time 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 Ohaneze Ndi Igbo had no interest in politics, but interested in peace, love and progress of every community in Anambra State.
Ogene later led his fellow state exco to pay 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 Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Chief Nnawuzie; the administrative secretary; Chief Luke Onyekaonwu; the state women’s leader, Lady Ekwenibe; and others, appealed to all well-meaning sons and daughters of Nnewi South to support Ohaneze 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 thrown caution to the winds, with their daughters always emulating their mothers’ waywardness.
Responding, the chairman of Nnewi South Traditional Rulers Council, and the traditional ruler of Unubi, HRH Igwe Umennajiego, thanked the Ohaneze Ndi Igbo state leadership for the visit and for according them respect, assuring that they would continue to support the group and its activities.
He advised Ohaneze Ndi Igbo to tread cautiously on the issue of Fulani herdsmen, saying that asking herders to leave the Zone might not be in the overall best interest of Ndi Igbo. He noted 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 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 Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Nnewi South Chapter, Dr. Chudi Okechukwu, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, promised to adhere strictly to the directives of the state president.