By Chris Onuoha
Commodore Okoh Ebitu Ukiwe (ret.) has charged Nigerians to embrace unity and peace so as to move the country forward from her present situation. The former number two citizen in the General Ibrahim Babangida’s administration made this call in Lagos while addressing Ndigbo in Lagos during the unveiling of the Ohaneze Ndigbo new secretariat in Surulere.
Ukiwe, the Ochiagha Ndigbo, who was impressed by the impact made by the newly elected President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Lagos Chapter, Chief Solomon Ogbonna Aguene, said that the peace initiative he had instituted at the heel of his administration to bring together all the warring traditional rulers, various unions and organisations under one peaceful entity, was commendable and must be appreciated by all and sundry to move the cause of Ndigbo and Nigeria aspiration to height.
On the state of the nation and the current happenings in the National Assembly, Ukiwe declined comments but said, “Having been in the thick of things happening, before and now, people would not believe you if you are telling them the truth. Things are unfolding. We are watching and we shall see how far. But I plead with Nigerians to embrace peace to move the country forward”
Notable Ndigbo personalities at the event include Dr George Obiozor, a former Nigerian Ambassador to the United States; Chief Goddy Uwazurike, SAN, Aka-Ikenga leader; Dr. Jude Ringo Okeke, President, Southeast Ndigbo, Lagos; women leaders and various Igbo union leaders. Traditional rulers present also include His Royal Highness, Eze Hyacinth Ohazulike, Ezeigbo, Lagos; Eze Uche Dimgba and Eze Christian Nwachukwu.