Annual Igbo Day Celebration: Governor Akeredolu’s wife seeks more non – indigenes’ support for Akeredolu
Non-indigenes in Ondo State have been advised to continue to support the Akeredolu-led administration as it is an all-inclusive one. The Imo born Ondo State First Lady, Her Excellency, Chief Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, gave this advice in a goodwill message delivered in the 2018 Annual Igbo Day celebration held in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
Mrs Akeredolu recounted the overwhelming support of the non-indigenes, particularly the Igbo community, during the 2016 gubernatorial election that culminated into the resounding victory of Governor Akeredolu at the polls. Mrs Akeredolu commended the Igbos for their peaceful coexistence, law-abiding and enterprising nature, which has added to the economy of the state and has reduced unemployment, and she advised them to key in to the vision of the present administration in the state.
In her words, “In this administration, non-indigenes should key in to the vision of Akeredolu’s administration. I must not fail to say this, this is a government that has sincerity of purpose; Governor Akeredolu means good; let everybody hear this, whether you are Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Igbira, Efik, name it. This is a progressive government, and when you talk about a progressive government, it’s a government that cares for the people; a government that truly, truly cares for the people; a government that is inclusive, and when I talk about inclusiveness, I mean a government that values women; a government that values girls.”
In his welcome address, the president of Ondo State chapter of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Barr. Uche U. Abangwu, said that the Igbo Day Celebration is an annual event set aside to commemorate the death of Igbos who died during the Nigerian Civil War and all other fallen heroes of Igbo extraction.
He further that stated that Igbo Day is celebrated to mark the continued existence of the Igbo race in Nigeria as a nation, and that it is a period to thank God for keeping the Igbos together, and for sustaining the Igbos after the laceration of the Civil War.
Speaking at the event, the traditional ruler of Akure,
HRM Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade, Deji of Akure said that the Igbo community
in Ondo State has used their enterprising capacity to boost the economy of Ondo
State and the beautiful Akure city, and other parts of the State.
He commended them for their peace coexistence with their hosts and encouraged them to sustain it.
The Deputy Speaker of Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon Iroju Ogundeji, in his goodwill message revealed that Ondo State houses about 250 ethnic groups of Nigeria, stressing that the state is home for all, and encouraged the Igbo community in Ondo State to keep on doing the development works in the State through their business ventures.
Governor Akeredolu and his wife were honoured as “Ezi Ogoo” (Good In-law) and “Ome Udo” (Peace Maker) respectively, while the Deji of Akure, whose first wife is from Mbaise, Imo State was honoured as “Ezi Ogoo” (Good In-law).
The event witnessed various cultural displays from the ethnic groups present.