Igbo group Seeks Moral Rebirth, Extols Zik’s Mbakwe’s Leadership Models
The Ndi-Igbo Royal Heritage (NIROH), an Igbo socio cultural organisation has called for moral rebirth and value reorientation anong the younger generation.
Dr Paul Okoye, President General, Ndi Igbo Royal Heritage Worldwide made the call at a news conference in Awka on Friday, ahead of the 2022 Igbo Unity Celebration.
Okoye said the week long event waa to bring to the fore some of the values which the Igbo people were known for including industry, respect and alliance.
The group decried the rising level of insecurity and unemployment in the region as a result of poor political leadership and lack of coordination among the states..
The group said it was unfortunate that Igbo people have refused to tow the political leadership style of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, M.I. Okpara and Sam Mbakwe under whose era the Eastern region witnessed the most economic and political progress without oil.
He said unity celebration was to reinvent the legacies of these leaders and their impacts on the society and present them as models for the current generation.
“In spite the fact that we are entrepreneurial, hardworking with massive investment across the country, we still have high level of insecurity and unemployment here. What went wrong?
How did state creation divide us more instead of bringing development closer to the people ?
“The sad reality is that our youths graduate and migrate to other places to look for job or establish business, our people cannot invest at home because the enabling environment is not here, we have come to highlight these issues, ” he said.
Okoye said the week long event would commence with peace Marathon from Ogidi to Awka on Nov. 29
Conference on Zik’s legacies where his political life and gains of the time would be reviewed as a model that could be adopted as a model for leaders in Southeast.
He said there would be football matches among the five Southeast states on Dec. 2, Unity Day celebration on Dec. 3 and Church thanksgiving on Dec. 4.
The Presidential General said celebration would be an annual event and rotated among the states.
He said the event wiuld be chaired by Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu while Chief Arthur Eze, Chief Jim Nwobodo, Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, Gen Ike Nwachukwu would be some of the guests..