During the 2021 Igbo Day event held by the Lagos State chapter of Ohaneze Ndigbo, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, and other prominent Nigerians extolled the virtues of Ndigbo.
The theme of the Igbo Day celebration in Lagos State ‘Celebrating Primordial Brotherhood Between Igbo and Yoruba’ on Sunday drew dignitaries from across the country, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, former Super Eagles technical adviser, Bonferer Jo, serving and former members of the National Assembly, Chief Obinna Iyiegbu.
In his speech, Obasanjo stated that he will do everything in his power to ensure Nigeria’s unity, emphasizing the importance of unity and justice for long-term peace.
“Igbo people are widely travelled and their contributions to the growth of the country cannot be overemphasised. We need one another in the country for sustainable peace,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu expressed his pride in being associated with Ndigbo because of their contribution to Lagos State’s success.
The governor, represented by Chief Joe Igbokwe, special adviser to the governor on drainage, expressed his delight with Ndigbo. “We are proud to associate with you and all that you have been doing not only to contribute to the state’s prosperity but also your commitment to promote peace and peaceful co-existence among different ethnic nationalities in Lagos State.”
Honourable Rita Orji, a lawmaker who represented the Ajeromi/Ifelodun federal constituency in the eighth assembly, was among those honoured and promised to do more for her people.
“I am overwhelmed by today’s honour. No matter the title that you get from outside, the one from your home is the most important. The title that was conferred on me is ‘Nne Oha Na Uzo Ije’ and it means the Queen mother of Ndigbo in Diaspora, which means wherever Ndigbo is, not just in Lagos State, I have that responsibility as the Queen mother. It is an honour that comes with a call for more service,” Orji said.
Ita-Giwa on her part said that Ndigbo has contributed so much to the prosperity of Nigeria, stressing that Ndigbo are the most enterprising group in the country, and deserve to be given opportunity politically. “The South-East region has been said to be greatly marginalized. It has potentials which if optimally harnessed will be beneficial to the entire country,” she said.