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Okorocha champions Nigerian unity through cultural orientation

Owerri the capital of Imo State was agog during the weekend with presence of prominent traditional rulers in the country as the state held its maiden edition of OzuruImo New Yam Festival with the theme
Promoting National Unity Through Cultural Orientation. Speaking at the event in Owerri, the state governor, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha, said he is always keen to consolidate the unity of
the country, adding that the presence of prominent Nigerians and notable Paramount rulers have dramatized his passion to promote unity in Nigeria.
Governor Okororcha, explained that theme of the Imo State New Yam Festival was carefully selected and the event was specially organized to kick start the language of unity in Nigeria and to inform the world that Nigeria is one, `our focus should be on things that unite us as a
nation and not on Boko Haram and IPOB. The governor totally condemned the activities of Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) under the leadership of Nnamdi Kanu and stated that no reasonable Igbo man will support the secession or division of the country. He further maintained that every well meaning Igbo man has condemned IPOB in all ramifications, ` Igbo business men have real estates and other valuable assets outside Igbo land than in Igbo land, a man that wants to go for secession cannot build mansions in Lagos, Plateau, Kano, Abuja and the rest of the states`. Imo State Governor who also functions as Chairman Progressives Governors Forum condemned generalization of the activities of IPOB and
their leadership, he also suggested that the activities of IPOB should be seen as the project of Nnamdi Kanu and his actions should be singled out as an action of an individual. His words: we can see the Ooni of Ife and the Chairman of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Imo, His Royal Majesty Eze Samuel Ohiri sitting side by side, for our sons and daughters, it gives them a sense of unity wherever they are, I want to appeal to wherever they are, I want to appeal to all to please remain calm, we are one and only one nation, an injury to one is an injury to all In his speech at the occasion the Ooni of Ife, His Royal Majesty Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, scored Governor Okorocha high for his numerous achievements, particularly in the area of infrastructure and free education, stating that he was highly excited at the level of togetherness, brotherly love and peaceful coexistence of different tribes in Imo state, I am feeling our togetherness here in Imo State, is high time we know that we are cut out from same cloth, it is one big family`, he said He maintained that he doest joke with the unity of the country because he is passionate about it. He said `Nigeria is a very unique nation with different culture, tradition and heritage, our diversity is our greatest strength, we shouldn’t write it off like that, we should look beyond our different backgrounds and look at how we can close the dotted lines. Another prominent Traditional Ruler in the country who spoke at the occasion was the Chairman of the Cross River State Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Majesty Etimyin Etim Okon Edet, he described Governor Okorocha as an advocate of peace and urged all the traditional rulers to always preach the gospel of peace and unity. Adding his voice the Chairman Imo State council Of Traditional Rulers, Eze Sameul Ohiri described the theme of the event as timely, designed to strengthen the unity of Nigeria through cultural orientation and urged both the political and traditional institution to always be in
the frontline of promoting peace in the country. It was a two days event which started at the palace of Eze Imo at Mbari Street with speeches from notable paramount rulers in the country, while the second day was for cultural carnival; all the autonomous communities came with their cultural troops to showcase their cultural identity.

IPOB: Okorocha describes agitation as child’s play

…donates N10M to Benue flood victims
Imo State Governor and Chairman of Progressive Governors’ Forum, Rochas Okorocha has described the agitation by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, for a sovereign republic in the South-East as a child’s play.
This is even as he said that no reasonable Igbo man was backing the agitation.
Okorocha was speaking yesterday after leading a delegation of the forum on a visit to internally displaced persons, IDPs, and victims of the recent Benue flood disaster in Benue State.
His words: “I have always said that IPOB is an agitation group, but the captioning is bad when you talk of sovereignty within a sovereign nation and also talking of secession.
“Let me assure you that no Igbo person or man is in support of secession and people must see this as a childish act. We must stand up to address it before it becomes a national problem.
“As for us leaders in that area, it will be insane for anyone to think that the IPOB leader will ask us to follow him to seek secession.
“So Nigerians must learn to address it specifically. If you are addressing IPOB you should be specific and not to address it as if it is an Igbo affair.”
Okorocha, who personally donated N10 million to the victims, also sympathised with Benue State over the disaster, stressing that his team was on a fact-finding mission to pave way for a visit of the entire All Progressives Congress, APC, governors in the country.
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