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The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the foremost Igbo socio-cultural organization, has received a remarkable contribution from Prince Arthur Eze (Ozoigbondu), a prominent oil tycoon magnate and well-known philanthropist, in the form of a ₦100 million cheque.
The National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze, Dr. Alex Ogbonnia, made it known that Prince Arthur Eze (Ozoigbondu) has lived up to his word, fulfilling the promise he made to the apex Igbo body in Abuja on July 10.
The statement cited the CEO of Atlas Oranto Petroleum Ltd, who expressed the view that Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the incumbent President General of Ohanaeze, should not undergo stress or financial strain in personally funding the activities of the organization.
‘Prince Eze while speaking to an assemblage of Ndigbo at the Imo State Government Lodge, Asokoro Abuja on July 10, 2023 lamented that Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by one of the most brightest and pre-eminent amongst the Igbo, a highly revered icon in Nigeria; and an accomplished Titan in business, Chief Engr. Dr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, CFR (Ahaejiagamba) should be stressed by funding Ohanaeze activities from his pockets.’
‘Eze stated that Chief Iwuanyanwu has paid his dues to the Igbo in diverse ways beginning from the war times,’ the message stated.
Quoting Prince Eze, the statement highlighted his appreciation for Chief Iwuanyanwu’s development-oriented vision, which focuses on harnessing the natural endowments and creative potentials of the Igbo people for the transformation of their land.
‘Eze supported the visionary dynamic of Chief Iwuanyanwu on how he will lift Ohanaeze from its present habitat and provenance to a glorious and enviable pedestal where it can command the followership and loyalty of all Igbo, both at home and in the Diaspora.’
The statement described Eze’s course as ‘an inspiring testament to the biblical injunctions of charity; and an admonition to the uninitiated scarcity thinkers that limit their horizon to self-satisfaction.’
Chief Iwuanyanwu, according to the statement, projected the Anambra -born billionaire as ‘a trail blazer; a worthy Igbo son who is always actuated by a deep sense of empathy, affection and an over-flowing kindness.’
The statement adds: ‘Similarly, a good spirited business man, has also donated a set of seats to Ohanaeze Ndigbo National Secretariat; another prominent Igbo son provided a space to Ohanaeze when we were in Lagos on a visit to the Alaba tragedy; yet another businessman hosted us to a dinner, and some others.’
‘The former Governor of Imo State, Sen. Rochas Okorocha started a gigantic project at the Secretariat, etc. The list of all the benefactors will be made public at an appropriate time.’
‘While we wait for the day of reckoning, Ohanaeze cannot withhold an immense gratitude to the Governor of Imo State, Sen. Hope Uzodimma for his relentless supports to the organization.’
The statement said that ‘Iwuanyanwu recalled that while Uzodimma was in the Senate, he was the only Igbo senator amongst his colleagues that looked the way of Ohanaeze.’