Photos: Gov. Ihedioha Makes history as Nigeria’s founding Fathers Gather in Imo State.

Photos: Gov. Ihedioha Makes history as Nigeria’s founding Fathers Gather in Imo State.


It was a congregation of the founding fathers of Nigeria yesterday at the 90th Birthday Celebration, Inaugural Lecture Series & Book Presentation of the Former Nigerian Minister, Nationalist and Elder Statesman, Chief Mbazulike Amechi.

The event held at the Sam Mbakwe Hall, Imo Concorde Hotels, Owerri.

The Keynote Lecture themed ”The labour of Our Heroes Past Shall Never Be in Vain”, was delivered by the President-General of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo.

The event which was chaired by the former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, also featured the presentation of a double volume of books authored by the Celebrant.

The review of the books was presented by the former Nigerian minister for Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka.

In his remarks as the Chief Host of the occasion, Governor Emeka Ihedioha extolled the Celebrant for his undying love for Ndigbo and our nation at large. He described Chief Amechi as a patriot and an icon whose life is worthy of adulation and emulation.

The ceremony attained a climax when Governor Emeka Ihedioha announced the renaming of Jacob Zuma road to Mbazulike Amechi road, in honor of his sacrifices and contributions to our nation.

Chief Mbazulike Amechi (the boy is good) was born in Ukpor in the present day Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State on June 16, 1929.

As a young boy, Mbazulike Amechi developed the passion and zeal to liberate his people. He had a burning desire to extricate his dear country from the clutches of the colonial masters.

This made him join the Zikist movement while he was still a secondary school student. He was a vibrant trade unionist for many years and held full-time offices in unions from 1949-1955.

The Zikist Movement was a detribalized, nationalist and Pan Africanist movement that fought for the independence of Nigeria from British colonization. It was founded in 1946 by Nigerian youths from all parts of the country.

These youths saw Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, popularly known as Zik of Africa, as the best hope for Nigeria’s independence and greatness, and they resolved to follow and protect him.

Chief Mbazulike Amechi is the last surviving member of the Zikist movement.

The birthday celebration was well attended by notable Nigerian elder statesmen including former president Olusegun Obasanjo who was the Chairman of the occasion, Deputy Governor Engr. Gerald Irona, Dr. Jim Nwobodo, Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Dr Mrs Kema Chikwe, Chief Achike Udenwa, Dr Pascal Dozie, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho, Chief D.U. Edebiri (Esogban of Benin), Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, Chief Osita Chidoka; members of the State and Federal House of Assembly, members of the Military and Paramilitary agencies, Traditional rulers, Religious leaders and other dignitaries too numerous to mention.

Imo Bu Nke Anyi.


Photos: Obasanjo, Nwodo Extol  Governor Ihedioha’s Leadership Qualities.

Photos: Obasanjo, Nwodo Extol  Governor Ihedioha’s Leadership Qualities.


Obasanjo, Nwodo Extol  Governor Ihedioha’s Leadership Qualities.

…With Ihedioha There Is Hope For Imo, Igbo Nation- Ohaneze President

Former Nigeria’s President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has said Imo State Governor, Hon.Emeka Ihedioha CON, possesses the qualities to rebuild the State.

In the same vein, President General Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Dr. John Nwodo, said with Ihedioha at the helm of affairs of the State, there is hope for a new beginning for Imo State and Igbo nation.

They made the declaration when the duo, alongside other notable national leaders visited the Governor at his country home in Mbutu, in Aboh Mbaise local government area.

Chief Obasanjo and other notable leaders were in the state for the 90th birthday celebration of foremost nationalist and elder-statesman, Chief. Mbazuluike Amaechi which held in Owerri, Monday.

Obasanjo said, “Some of us have said, you have what it takes to make this State one of the leading states in our country”.

He congratulated Governor Ihedioha on his emergence as Governor of Imo State, adding that God will give him the courage and the strength to live up to expectations.

He said, “I believe that God who made you Governor of Imo State this time will give you the knowledge to do what needs to be done for Imo State, to make it one of the leading States in the country. While congratulating you on your electoral victory,  I pray the Almighty God to enable you to govern well.

 “Having eminently served as Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, you are eminently qualified to make Imo State one of the best States.

He continued, “You have to bring to bear your wealth of knowledge and extensive contact to the service of Imo State and the South East”.

In his remarks, President General, Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, Dr.John Nnia Nwodo commended former President Obasanjo for his statesman role in the country by remaining apolitical.

He said the former President comments fairly on compelling national issues particularly on Igbo Presidency.

Hear him, “there is hope and a new beginning for Igbo nation with the quality of leadership provided by Governor Ihedioha”.

Continuing, “We have a Governor who is humble, experienced and who is not afraid to appoint people who posses more academic  accomplishments than him or those who have more exposure in governance than him.

“In Governor Ihedioha’s government,  you have former ministers serving as commissioners and as Chairmen of various committees.

In his response, Governor Emeka Ihedioha said his administration is on track in rebuilding Imo State, as his efforts are already yielding significant results

He assured that he will not disappoint, stating that his administration is focused to achieving its promises to the people of Imo State.

Chibuike Onyeukwu
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

December 30, 2019.




The Oguta Community was agog yesterday as Governor Emeka Ihedioha was hosted to a grand civic reception.

The ceremony began with a Thanksgiving Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Oguta, while the Reception took place at the Oguta Lake Waterfront Pavilion.

The Governor paid a courtesy visit to the Paramount Ruler of Oguta, His Royal Highness, Eze Nnani Nzeribe Eze-Eyiche, where the monarch showered him with Kingly blessing.

Beginning with a kayak race in the glittering Oguta lake, contestants of the Local Governments in Imo State paddled vigorously to determine the fastest rower. In the end, Isiala Mbano came third, with Oguta and Aboh Mbaise taking the second and first positions respectively.

In his opening remarks at the reception, Prof Ike Azogu who was the Chairman of the occasion, expressed gratitude to the Governor for the remarkable partnership he has with their son, the Deputy Governor, and for his equitable goodwill to the Oguta Community, noting that Oguta was relegated to the background in the past administration, despite its huge human and natural resources.

The reception ceremony was a display of the rich cultural heritage of the Oguta people. There was music and dance performances by the different age grades in the community, as well as masquerade displays.

The Deputy Governor, Engr Gerard Irona in his remarks also assured the Governor of the unalloyed support of the Oguta Nation.

High point of the ceremony was the induction & conferment of His Excellency, Governor Emeka Ihedioha, with the the traditional title of OGBUAGU.

Ogbuagu is a traditional title conferred on men who achieve remarkable feats in the traditional Igbo society. The Ogbuagus are known to be great and renowned warriors. It is top on the list of titles that can be given to a person in Igbo land.

In his speech after the ceremonial rituals, Ogbuagu Emeka Ihedioha thanked the people of Oguta Community for their support to the administration.

The Governor also assured them that every dividend of democracy due to them will get to them, as well as the rest of the state.

The ceremony was graced with the presence of the Deputy Governor, Engr. Gerard Irona; the Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki; Former Governors Achike Udenwa and Chief Ikedi Ohakim; the Chief Technical Adviser to the Governor, Barr. P.G.U Madu; the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Barr. Chris Okewulonu, the Deputy Chief of Staff, Barr. Chima Nwana; Former Commissioner for Police, Mr Rabiu Ladodo, State Commissioners, Senior Special Assistants, Heads of Government & Nongovernmental Agencies, Traditional Rulers, the Clergy and the general public.

Imo Bu Nke Anyi.