Ohanaeze Ndigbo honours late Chukwuemeka Ezeife

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The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide at its plenary presided over by the President General, Chief Engr. Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, has resolved to honour the former Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife with a post-humus award of the Hero of Igboland.

According to a release signed by the National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Dr. Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, presenting the proposal to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Iwuanyanwu recalled the various roles played by Okwadike in promoting the cause of not only the Igbo but Nigeria at large.

The statement cited the Igbo Leader citing the commitment of Okwadike in his assignment as the Ohanaeze representative in the court matters related to the incarceration of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

In addition, Ezeife was the Chairman, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Elders Council for Abuja and the Northern Nigeria as well as a Member of the Presidential Advisory Council of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

The Igbo Leader concluded that Okwadike stood with the Igbo when it mattered most and that he never equivocated on issues affecting the Igbo. He therefore directed all the organs and structures of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to participate fully at the various stages of the burial and funeral ceremony for our great son, late Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife.

Other resolutions reached by the NEC at the plenary include the establishment of some vital committees. They include: Committee on Sports; this aims at reviving sports competition amongst the Ohanaeze Ndigbo states; Committee on Relief Agency; this aims at harnessing the enormous Igbo resources for the benefit of the vulnerable and the less privileged in Igbo land; Committee on Agriculture; Ohanaeze frowns at the inability of Nigerians to take advantage of the vast fertile and arable land at our disposal; Committee on Health Care; Ohanaeze is worried at the rate of emigration of the first rate Igbo physicians to foreign countries.

They also expressed concern that the alternative or orthodox medicine is not fully explored in Nigeria. The Committee on Health Care will ultimately curtail the foreign medical tourism that has become the norm in Nigeria. Committee on Interface with the Igbo Market Unions; the Igbo traders should be mainstreamed into the Ohanaeze activities. Ohanaeze will interface with the Igbo traders all over the country with a view to identifying their needs as well as carrying them along in the Ohanaeze programmes.

The plenary also accorded a minute silence to another illustrious Igbo son, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, the former governor of Old Abia State whose death occurred most recently.