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By Ganiyu Obaaro

Last Sunday, Ndi Igbos in Lagos State converged on the Polo ground of the
Police College, Ikeja as a more united group.
It was like a carnival of sort, as gaily dressed people, cultural groups, were
heralded into the expansive area with deafening sounds of music, dancing
and singing.

From across the 20 local government area and 30 local council development
areas these people of South Eastern extraction in Nigeria, came on a mission
to reinvent themselves and appreciate their host as a bonded group.
The ceremony was never short of distinguished men and women.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Senator Rita Giwa, Governor of Lagos
State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by his Special Adviser on
Drainage, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, Chief Richard Okwara,, Mr. Joe Bonfere, former
Nigeria’s under 23 World Cup winning coach, Mr. Obinna Iyiegbu, aka, Obi
Cubana, Aki of the Nollywood industry, BBNaija winner, White Money, etc,
were there to the excitement of the crowd.

President of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Lagos Chapter, Solomon Ogbonna, was
full of appreciation for the people who came to witness the occasion,
promising to do more for his people. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in a brief remark, promised to continue to work for the greater unity of Nigeria.
Governor Sanwo-Olu, on his part, lauded the Igbos in Lagos for their
entrepreneurial spirit and contribution to his state; and assured them of
protection across the state.
Amidst robust cultural displays, Sen Rita Giwa, urged the Igbos to ensure they
belong to the nation’s political mainstream to complement their business
Chairman of Rimax Institute of Science and Technology, Meiran, Lagos State,
Chief Livinus Okwara, who was also recognized with an award, said the spirit
displayed by the Igbos in Lagos as exposed on the occasion, showed their
acceptance in Lagos. He said it was heartwarming to see Nigerians, particularly from the Northern part of the country coming from their comfort zone to live and do business in the south, unlike in the past.
He said the development was aking to restricting in the country in a
‘sociological sense.”
He urged the Igbos to always respect the culture of their host community,
pointing out that the Igbos should reciprocate same in the South East region,
where they are mainly domiciled.
Several prominent people including Chief Okwara, Sen Rita Giwa, received
recognition awards, just as adequate security was provided at the venue.
Interestingly, organizers of the programme were ecstatic about its success,
going by the words of Ogbonna, who promised to launch new schemes for the
Igbos in Lagos.

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