FORMER Anambra State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Maja Umeh, Friday, marked his 62nd birthday.
The event started with Thanksgiving Mass on Friday morning, at St. Joseph De Worker Catholic Chaplaincy, UNIZIK Permanent Site, Awka, followed by evening celebration by the chief host, Domus and had other dignitaries in attendance such as the Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Uche Okafor; Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Collins Nwabunwanne; Commissioner for Information, Paul Nwosu; Somto Udenze, Bob Manuel Udokwu and many others.
The second day of the celebration was hosted by CEO of Zara Stores, Chief Akai Egwuonwu, which also attracted dignitaries including the deputy governor of Anambra State, Dr. Onyekachukwu Ibezim; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Ernest Ezeajughi; alongside commissioners in the state, Chinedu Odumegwu, Obinna Ugonnadi, Mrs. Amaka Ilobi, among many others.
While expressing his gratitude to God for making all things possible in an interview with Natiobal Light, Umeh said it was a happy moment for him to witness his 62nd birthday in good spirit and health
” I am feeling like I am 30. It ended up being a two day event. I thank God for the gift of life. Goodwill messages clustered the social media space. I thank everyone for their kind wishes and also pray for long life and prosperity for all my friends. I am also perpetually grateful to my parents, Dominic and Veronica Umeh, including my siblings”, he said.
Umeh expressed his memorable experiences and approaches in life, even as a politician and a member of APGA, and advised Nigerians to remain careful towards electing the new president of the country in 2023 adding that the sensitiveness of the national mood has not been in the history of Nigeria where people mobilise themselves for their choice of candidate..
“I am not interested in anti-party activities. People are beginning to be very conscious of the need to influence the cost of political direction in Nigeria. Our politicians must come up with their election policies which must be issues based and proposal on certain things going wrong in the country.
People need to know why there are so many killings, kidnapping and so on in Nigeria starting from the world war till date”
“We want to know what they are doing in economy, creating jobs. So, I am advising them to move their attention to issue based. Discuss the problem of Nigerian because the youths are angry. The presidency is expected to come from the South East.
Anybody who fails to produce his candidacy from South East is bound to lose the election which is the national psychology of today”.
Umeh also described Muslim-Muslim ticket as insulting to the psychology of Nigerians with no justice and equity for the citizens, even as he called on INEC to get prepared for the presidential election in 2023 rather than being bribed by the candidates.
He further applauded the executive governor of Anambra State, Professor Chukwuma Soludo for his effort so far in office, including the roads that has been flagged off, noting that once other road maintenance is made across the state, people will rejoice for a memorable Christmas celebration.
“National disaster is a natural occurrence. It is unfortunate to record terrible flood in Anambra State. It means that people need to take precautions and not wait till the moment it starts carrying people. Government should provide speed s to riverine areas to enable people to save lives.
They should equip the SEMA while NEMA should also equip and support the state emergency outfits. There is need for synergy between African leaders and ECOWAS for a positive result.”
Umeh also thanked the former governor of Anambra State and candidate of the Labour Party in the coming presidential election, Mr Peter Obi, who he said that, gave him a boost in life and politics not only as a political adviser but also a commissioner in the state.