Until Igbos are united in one voice and aspiration, the highest political office in the country would continue to elude them, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has said.
Owelle Okorocha who described Ndigbo as a gifted tribe to a troubled nation at the 2012 Ahiajoku lecture held at Ahiajoku convention Centre Owerri, said Ndigbo are naturally endowed to surmount the factors militating against their dreams and aspiration with their God-given potentials.
Okorocha who posited that Ndigbo are not united, however urged them put up a collective efforts needed for their advancement.
He added that the essence of Ahiajoku lecture which started many years ago is aimed at reflecting on matters that concern the nation, Igbos in relationship with their tradition, culture, norms and values. He said that the 2012 Ahiajoku lecture titled “Okezue Ogbuu Alaa” stressed the need for Igbos to assume their proper place of pride in the nation.
He drew biblical illusion from the popular message of Angel Gabriel to Holy Mary, the mother of God which affirmed that “Igbos are full of grace and the Lord is with them” and further urged them to be courageous in advancing their course.
In his remarks, the chairman of the occasion and the former governor of Anambra state, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife applauded Imo state government for its efforts towards the preservation of Ahiajoku lecture since its inception in 1979, adding that it has been an exclusive forum that converges south easterners to chat on the way forward.
Ezeife commended Okorocha’s Free Education project in the state, pointing out that it would go a long way to stabilize peace and unity in the state and enjoined the people to reconcile and make peace with one another.
Delivering the 2012 Ahiajoku lecture proper on a topic titled “Okezue Equity and Justice in Igbo jurisprudence and the Nigerian Polity” A Professor of Law in Imo State University, Prof. Uba Frank Nnabue said democracy can only be meaningful when it secures people’s rights, in the affairs of the nation.
Prof. Nnabue condemned the inequitable distribution of wealth, and imbalances done in the state creation, pointing out that Igbos are not getting their due share in the scheme of things.
According to Nnabue, “a sharing formula does not become just simply because it is based on law, if such law is obnoxious, repugnant to natural Justices, equity and good conscience, or if such law is a product of nepotism, discrimination and devoid of acceptable reason or if such law is unjust, in this situation though the judgment has been given, it is not equitable”, he said.
He decried of the spate of leaders playing politics at the detriment of the people they represent, adding that time is up for people to elect credible leaders who possess the requisite integrity to ensure free and fair election.
“If one knows that rigging will not earn him/her anything but a possibility of going to jail, there will be free and fair election, that will bring out best as governors, the best governors will appoint the best as commissioners and board members and these will produce equitable formula for distribution and enthrone development in the state, stooges and sycophants cannot tell the governor the truth they are bereft of ideas and cannot perform.
The highlight of the occasion which was well attended by dignitaries across the nation was the introduction of 2013 Ahiajoku lecturer, Prof. Mrs. Ochendu Nzewuihe who would deliver on to topic “Nwanyi Sokwa” the role of women in Science and Technology.