Intellectual Prowess and Diplomacy are the necessary tools to uplift the Igbo – Mbazulike Amaechi
By Alex Ogbonnia By Alex Ogbonnia By Alex Ogbonnia By Alex Ogbonnia By Alex Ogbonnia
It was a moment of sober reflection and a historic outing as the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, led by their President General, Professor George Obiozor, accompanied by his Secretary-General, Amb. Okey Emuchay, visited the ancient city of Ukpor in present day Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State to pay a courtesy call on an illustrious son of Igbo land, a trade unionist and an Igbo patriot, Chief Mbazulike Amechi.
The Professor George Obiozor led delegation noted that they were in Ukpor to pay the historic visit to a notable Igbo leader and patriotic son for his outstanding records and selfless service towards the emancipation of the Igbo nation and Nigeria at large.
They used the solemn occasion to appreciate the elder statesman and a nonagenarian for his sacrifices and mentorship describing him as a living legend whose achievements would remain indelible in the history of Igbo nation and Nigeria in general.
Other Igbo leaders who accompanied the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide included; a former Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the Ohanaeze Spokesman, Hon. Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia and other members of the NEC of the apex Igbo socio cultural Organization.
Chief Amechi who was a courageous member of the Zikist Movement, was elected as member of the House of Representatives under the platform of the National Council of Nigerian Citizens, NCNC in 1959 and was appointed Minister of Aviation and Transport in the year 1962 and served as a minister until the first military coup on January 15,1966.
Chief Amaechi thanked the Ohanaeze delegation for the courtesy visit. He went through the memory lane of how the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization evolved to its present status. He narrated with nostalgia the Igbo exploits before the Nigerian revolution. He cited the accomplishments of the Igbo State Union under Chief ZC Obi, adding that the secondary school built in Kano by the Union was among the best at the time.
Chief Amaechi expressed satisfaction over the emergence of Prof. Amb George Obiozor and Amb Okey Emuchay, stating that the necessary tools the Igbo need to attain a lofty height are intellectual prowess, diplomacy and unity of purpose. According to the elder statesman, the combination of Obiozor and Emuchay is unique because of their background in diplomacy. While urging all the Igbos to lend unalloyed support to the current Ohanaeze leadership, Amaechi enthused that he is 92 and will not die until the Igbo vision in Nigeria is actualized.