The three days meeting of Wives of South-East governors and a good number of prominent Women Leaders from the South-East geo-political zone have ended in Owerri .
Present at the meeting were, the host and wife of the Imo State Governor, Nneoma Nkechi Okorocha, wife of Abia State Governor, Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu and that of Enugu state Mrs. Monica Ugwuanyi. Notable women leaders from the zone in attendance were, Chief Mrs. Victoria Aguiyi Ironsi, Chief Mrs. Josephine Anini, Senator Joy Emordi, Senator Nkechi Nwogu, Mrs. Pat Jim Nwobodo, Mrs. Dorathy Nwodo, Prof. Chinwe Obaji, Mrs. Vivian Okadigbo, and a host of others.
Speaking during the meeting, the host, Mrs. Okorocha stating that they had gathered due to their love for Igboland and indeed, for their love for Nigeria.
She said they didn’t gather for politics and that was why women across the political divides and even outside the political box were all in attendance, remarking that they have resolved to get it right by taking up roles as mothers, adding that their own contributions would complement those of the men.
Her words, “Whatever a woman does not nurture will die. Hence, we have met and agreed to go back to the drawing board to get the whole thing right. The essence of our gathering is to take the bull by the horn. Time has come for the women in the South-East to sing the song of Unity. Igbo women must unite for progress”.
The Women Leaders who spoke one after the other said, that their coming together was also to compliment the effort of their men counterparts who had earlier met in Owerri for the same goal of uniting for development and growth of the zone, adding that they have agreed to unite to find a way forward for the Igbo nation and by extension for Nigeria.
Governor Rochas Okorocha who received the women on courtesy call at the Government House earlier yesterday told them to sustain the momentum of the spirit of unity fired in them at the moment.
His words, “It is a thing of joy to see prominent Igbo women converge in the Eastern Heartland to make their own contributions towards shaping the Igbo nation for good. Indeed, Nigeria is waiting for Ndi-Igbo. Africa is also waiting for Ndi-Igbo, and by the grace of God Ndi-Igbo will live up to expectations. This might as well be the time we have all been waiting for as Igbo nation. We the men have tried, we are still battling with our conjured situation, maybe this is the way out, hear not what has happened yesterday, I can see light in the dark end of the tunnel for Ndi-Igbo”.
He continued, “The August Meeting which is taking a new dimension, courtesy of the first ladies of the South-East is highly commendable. On our own part as your sons, brothers and husbands, we are making out little effort with our governor brothers and leaders from the South-East to see how we can move the Igbo nation forward, let me say to all of you, behind every successful man is a great woman”.
In his brief remark, chairman of the event, Chief Nwobodo said it was a good development that both Igbo men and Igbo women have not only seen the need to unite but have all agreed to unite, adding that once there is unity among Ndi-Igbo other things would naturally follow.
The women had been in Owerri since Tuesday August 30, 2016 when they arrived and had deliberated upto Tuesday night which culminated into the grand finale of the event on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.
Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyawu and Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife were equally in attendance to encourage the women.