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Obi Of Onitsha Cries Out Over Widespread Poverty In Nigeria

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Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe has decried what he described as the wide­spread hardship in the country, stressing that ‘the country is at a dangerous crossroads politically, economically, socially and security-wise.’

Igwe Achebe pointed out during his 22nd Ofala Festival titled: ‘Better, Stron­ger Better’ that held at Ofala play ground, ‘Ime Obi’. He said that no part of the country is spared chaos with the South East facing the com­plex and protracted security situa­tion involving kidnappers, political thugs, state and non-state actors, all masquerading as gunmen and crip­pling the economy of the South East.

He blamed the crisis on the past administration that mismanaged the economy and the present admin­istration’s ‘early economic measures which included unilateral removal of the fuel subsidy without a back­pack strategy.’

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This, he lamented, worsened hardship in the country, particularly at the lower rung of society.

He lamented that the situation also affected the ofala festival as he was forced to prune down the scope of the festival.

Assessing the progress of the festival, Igwe Achebe said of the 22 years; he had made an impact in a number of areas.

These included “a modernised and revitalised monarchy and lead­ership aura which today radiates beyond Onitsha to Anambra State, the Southeast region, Nigeria and beyond.”

That vision, Obi said, is animated in the various activities of the Onit­sha Advancement Foundation.

The Ofala Festival was graced by dignitaries among them were the Governor of Anambra State, Pro­fessor Charles Chukwuma Soludo, Presidential candidate of Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, Governor of Enugu State, who was represent­ed, Vice Chancellor of Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Prof. Greg Nwa­kobi, representatives of Archbishop of Onitsha and Bishop on the Niger, traditional rulers, etc.

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