Eze Igbo Isolo, Lagos, Chief Ikem Agbasi, has called on members of Igbo Mandate Forum, Ajao Estate Lagos, to always be united and love themselves.
He stressed the need for the Igbo to love one another and tell themselves the truth. The Eze Igbo said this during the end of the year party held last Sunday, December 6, 2015 in Ajao Estate, Lagos, organised by the group.
While breaking the kolanut, he prayed in Igbo language that it shall be well Ndigbo in Lagos and their hosts, and also asked God to protect everyone. “If there is calamity in front, we will be at the back and vice versa. Please God give us peace in Nigeria. God, my prayer is that he who works should eat, whoever said we shall work and not eat should use basket to fetch water. If you are maltreating someone and say he will not have peace, peace will elude you.”
He also prayed that next year’s celebration will be greater than this year’s own.
Speaking on the significant of the occasion, the President, Igbo Mandate, Ajao Estate Zone, Lagos, Chief Jerry Iyke Egbuodike, described the event as an occasion where hardwork, dedication, diligence and high morals were rewarded. “This in turn will serve as an impetus for motivation, competitiveness and doggedness in them,” Egbuodike added.
He noted that members of the group’s presence was indicator and pointer to their love for the pursuit of the unity of Igbos in diaspora, particularly in Ajao Estate and Lagos State in general.
“You are therefore, greatly appreciated for this act of yours. We are marking this day because of the remarkable achievement of the Igbo in the last electoral dispensation, where the Igbo, in spite of obvious insinuation that Igbos are united, threw away envy, ego and any other vices that are associated with human nature and joined hands with the Igbo Mandate Forum to make an indelible history through the emergence of two of our sons, Honourable Tony Nwulu and Hon. Jude Idimogu to represent this Oshodi/Isolo Constituency 2, both in the Federal House of Representatives and the Lagos House of Assembly,he said. ”
Egbuodike urged the Igbo to come together under one umbrella irrespective of anyone’s political inclination for them to achieve greater feats.
In the same vein, a prominent business woman in Nigeria and woman leader in many organizations including Sunshine Sisters International, Chief Mrs. Irene Nwosu, said love conquers all things. “Let’s continue to unite, love one another and lift people up from zero to hero to make the world a better place.”
After the opening prayers by Evangelist Mike, Mr. Amadi Samuel opened the celebration with some choruses followed by Mr. Obioma Ken aka Agirigwe, one of the founding members of the forum, who has been on the forefront to ensure that the Igbo in Ajao Estate come together.
On his part, Ken harped on the need for the Igbo to foster a lasting unity among one another. He went on to say that, “when the Igbo are united, you will see the hand of God come down and everything will happen like miracle.”
The compere of the event, Mr. Nelson Madubuike, through his lively speeches made the event quite fun as people smiled and laughed till the end. The even ended when everyone went on stage to dance and socialize with one another. Many dignitaries graced the occasion including Chief Anyaogu aka Amigo who intimated members of the group concerning an ongoing empowerment programme in the zone.