From Paul Ibeh, Enugu
Nine pressure groups in the South-East zone of Nigeria have concluded plans to confer posthumous award on Nigeria’s first republic president, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe; Biafran leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Governor of the Eastern Region, Dr. Akanu Ibiam and erudite scholar, Prof. Chinua Achebe.
A press statement signed by the Interim Coordinator and Secretary of the South-East Self Determination Coalition, Samuel Edeson and Greg Echewodo, respectively, made available to HOMELAND NEWS, disclosed that, the award is aimed at encouraging commitment to the common good of Ndigbo.
Also to be recognised by the group, are ex- Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, Dr. Ebitu Ukiwe and Adm. Ndubuisi Kalu as well as Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum and Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji.
The groups, which met in Enugu for the third time, agreed to work together to promote and defend Igbo interest.
They however, vowed to restore the lost dignity of the Igbo race without fear of intimidation from any quarter.
The event, which is slated for October 27, and tagged “Igbo Moral Rebirth”, according to the organizers “is aimed at inspiring the younger generation to imbibe hardwork and noble virtues as packaged in the Igbo code of conduct”.