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Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the leader of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has declared that he has received backing from all five South-East Governors to bring positive change to the region.
The disclosure was made by Iwuanyanwu at a Thanksgiving Service hosted at the Cathedral of Good Shepherd, Anglican Communion, Enugu, on Sunday, to kickstart the 2023 Igbo Day celebrations set for September 28 and 29.
In his statement, the President-General commended the governors in the zone for their support, stressing that their involvement was vital for the successful execution of any endeavour.
‘With the support and cooperation they are giving me since I became Igbo leader, we are going to have a new Igboland that will be a source of joy to the younger ones.’
‘I did a research and discovered that we have abundant and untapped natural resources that will transform the zone if harnessed,’ he said.
He noted that the church service in Enugu held a special significance for him, highlighting that the state is a place where all Igbo people can feel at home.
He clarified that Ohaneze Ndigbo had assembled in the church to offer thanks to God, with the added conviction that individuals who rely on God do not experience failure.
‘Mine is a testimony that if you put your trust in God, He never fails you’.
He expounded that, as part of his leadership’s efforts, Ohaneze was being extended to various countries where Igbos are present, with the purpose of encouraging them to invest and establish businesses in the Southeast.
The Igbo leader applauded Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State for his generous offer to host the Igbo Day festivities.
The service, officiated by Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, the Episcopal Anglican Archbishop of Enugu Diocese, saw him applauding Iwuanyanwu and the Ohaneze Ndigbo members for selecting the church for their thanksgiving.
The bishop, recalling the occasion when he gathered his fellow bishops in the state to pray for Ohaneze’s unity during Amb. George Obiozor’s tenure as President General, disclosed that the Igbo leaders had collectively endorsed Iwuanyanwu with a vote of confidence.
He called upon the Southeast governors to stand by Iwuanyanwu and support his ongoing efforts to unite and bring about positive change in the region.
However, the bishop concluded by bestowing his blessings and praying for a successful Igbo Day.
According to available reports, the Deputy Governor of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ossai, and members of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide attended the thanksgiving service.