LAGOS—The governor of Lagos State Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode is expected to host World Igbo Day in Lagos, and the governors from Anambra and Enugu states, including Asiwaju Bola Tinubu are some of the top dignitaries expected at the event, taking place in Lagos as the celebration kicks off in Enugu today.
All plans and preparation from the Lagos State chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to mark the world Igbo day celebration taking place in October are in top gear.
This was made known by the President of Lagos State chapter of Ohaneze Ndibgo, Chief Fabian Onwughalu in Lagos. He said they have received confirmation to most of the invitations sent out. Former governorship aspirant for Anambra Statein in the 2013 election, Ifeanyi Ubah is expected to be the guest speaker, alongside The President of Coscharis Motors, Dr. Cosmas Maduka.
On the front burner for this year’s event are issues of both common and national interest including the celebration of the Igbo culture and heritage. Onwughalu said that the Igbos in Lagos have been neglected by this administration, because none of them were considered as members of Ambode, s cabinet despite the fact that they own 50 percent of the lands in Lagos.
He however pleaded with governor Ambode to grant Certificate of Occupancy to the landlords in order to build their confidence#.
Answering questions on the reason for two fractions of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Onwughalu said his group is the true authentic Ohaneze Ndigbo. Speaking further, he said an election was held and he emerged as the president. The woman leader of the group, Lady Chidozie Ada Ofoegbu said the women are fully ready for the big day, to support their husbands, present the kola nuts, and also to display the various cultural dance steps.
Also present at the Lagos secretariat to support the forth coming event are, His Royal Highness ( HRH) Igwe Fred Nwajaju of Isolo/Oshodi and Ajao community, representing the royal fathers, representatives from the various local government, leaders from various markets in Lagos state amongst others.