A group known as Ihu Igbo Ohuru has called on Igbo sons and daughters both at home and in the Diaspora to unite and pray for the progress of the Igbo nation.
The call was made during a prayer crusade conducted by the group at Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, which attracted many Igbo sons and daughters and non Igbos.
During her opening speech, coordinator of the group, Flora Ifeanyichukwu Nkemakonam Ilonzo traced the chequered history of ndi Igbo in the geo-politics of Nigeria and regretted that ndi Igbo have not received their fare shares of the national commonwealth.
Chief Dr. Ilonzo stated that only prayers and unity can change the narrative. According to her, the idea to convoke the prayer meeting was a revelation from God, stressing that with the successful organisation of the event, the shame placed on ndi Igbo will be wiped off.
Going down the memory lane, Chief Ilonzo remembered that she had a similar revelation in 1985 when she saw a vision of a coup in the country during the military rule. ” When I saw the revelation of a coup and made it known to the leadership of the country, no one believed me, instead I was locked up in a cell by the authorities.
” They only released me when the revelation came to pass. I have gone to cell for the course of ndi Igbo. This time, I saw this divine directive to convoke this prayer meeting to promote the unity of ndi Igbo and to ignite the Igbo spirit and clean their faces of any curse or curses placed on them”
Many other speakers took the podium, with all of them harping on the need of Igbo unity and divine interventions, especially during the 2023 general elections.
Prayers were said by Christians, Muslims and traditional religionists for the betterment of ndi Igbo.
Highlight of the occasion was the lighting of the symbolic fire aimed at igniting the Igbo spirit by the representative of Igwe Nwafor Orizu of Nnewi, Chief Chris Atuegwu.
Other dignitaries that graced the occasion included, Igwe Okoye Dike (Eze-Udo Gburugburu), Chief Jonathan Ezennia(Onowu Ebenebe), former Commissioner for Works in Anambra State, Chika Ibeneme, Maxwell Njeze, a former member of Enugu State House of Assembly, many religious leaders from different denominations and religion among others.