The Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha has urged leaders from Igbo extraction to unite and pursue purposeful aspirations for the overall good of the people.
Ihedioha, who gave the charge at the 40th anniversary of Ahiajoku festival, held at Ahiajoku Convention Center, Owerri, yesterday, said Igbo as a nation, “should recreate that sense of enterprise that made the old Eastern Region the fastest growing economy in the world at the immediate post-independence era.”
He said: “we need to shine a bright light on our strength of character and community spirit. Let us begin to forge a new sense of brotherhood rooted in forgiveness and mutual respect. Let us rekindle our enthusiasm for a collective drive for corporate growth.
“It is time we unite as a people and find a common umbrella under the Ohanaeze. We must sink our differences and pool our resources and talents together.”
On the Ahiajoku festival, the Imo Governor said the festival would among other things, “provide a veritable platform for defining the core tenets of Igbo culture and also, retain its social essence as a unifying factor among the Igbo.”