APGA chieftain calls for tolerance as DSS boss visits Hausa community
By Uzo Ugwunze
THE owner, Rojenny Games Village, Oba and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) BOT member, Rommy Ezeonwuka has called for tolerance among multi ethnic and tri – religious citizens of Nigeria.
Chief Ezeonwuka made the call at Rojenny Games Village, Oba, Idemili South LGA while receiving the Anambra State Director, Department of Security Services(DSS), Mr. Enoch Pawa, who came to interact with the Hausa community.
He further called on government to embrace sports development which is one of the major unifying factors in the country, saying that anytime Nigeria is playing football, nobody remembers his tribe but desires Nigeria to win.
According to Ezeonwuka,” Nigeria is one entity. Nobody can divide Nigeria except Allah. The crisis in Nigeria is like couples who fight in the morning but still sleep in the same bed at night.
“President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Chukwuma Soludo want peace and are working towards improving the security of the state.
The DSS is here to ensure we are living in peace. Nobody has right to take laws into his hands or take anybody’s life. Report any person who breaches public peace in your neighborhood.
“I believe in living in harmony with each other whether Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Christian, Moslem, we all believe in one God.
” I believe in sports development because sports unite everyone. Eaglets who won Japan ’93 FIFA World Cup camped here in Rojenny. I contributed to their preparation and success. Since then, government refused to give me more youths to develop,” said Ezeonwuka.
Moreover, Chairman, Ogilisi Igbo Foundation, Dr Linus Okechukwu Uchey enjoined both Muslims and Christians to live as brothers, frowning at those who propagate hatred across religious or tribal lines.
“Ogilisi Igbo is like a bridge between all ethnic groups and religions around these communities. We settle various forms of disputes here and conflicting parties do go home satisfied,” said Uchey.
Also, the foundation Vice Chairman and President, Aboji Akanano, Oba, Nze Dozie Nweke advised the Hausa/ Moslem community to be free to go about their businesses without fear of molestation in the community.
“Oba people is known for hospitality. We are lovers of peace provided that both indigenes and non-indigenes are law abiding. We ensure security of lives and both private and government property in Oba community,”said Nweke.
In his remarks, the Imam of Rojenny Games Village Mosque, Muhammad Tukur said that all mankind whether Muslims or Christians were descendants of Adam, saying that no religion directs people to do evil or kill people.
The cleric further requested Oba community to give them a little space where the Muslims doing business at Afor-Oba Market can stay to observe prayers during the day.
Earlier in his address, the DSS boss who was represented by the Deputy Director, Abdullahi Umaru, thanked Ezeonwuka for his immense contributions towards the welfare of both Hausa and Moslem communities in Idemili.
“Ogilisi Igbo is a detribalised Nigerian. He is like a father to all of us. He appreciates everyone no matter where you come from or your religious background.
“There must be a reason why God brought us together as Nigeria. We are better together. Unity is strength. Remain peaceful, anything that will alter peace,we correct it.
“What is happening now had happened in some countries before and they overcame it. We shall overcome. Contact the Head, DSS Idemili South, Mrs Obi Onuorah if you need security help,” said Umaru.