Abia state governor, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu has advocated the sustenance of celebration of the New Yam festival as a rich cultural heritage for the benefit of future generation.
Dr Ikpeazu who stated this while felicitating with the traditional ruler of Mgboko Ngwa Amaise autonomous community in Obingwa LGA and immediate past state Chairman of Abia State Traditional Rulers Council and Chairman of South East Traditional Rulers Council, Eze Eberechi Dick and people of his community during the 2019 lriji celebration held at his Palace maintained that New yam festival remains the identity of Ndigbo which should not be allowed to go extinct.
Represented by his Deputy Sir Ude Oko Chukwu, the governor, congratulated Eze Eberechi Dick and the entire community of Mgboko Ngwa Amaise for the privilege of witnessing this year’s lriji festival in good health which he attributed to God’s grace and prayed that the traditional ruler will remain healthy and alive to celebrate more festivals in future.
He further appreciated traditional rulers in the state for the support given to Eze Dick during his tenure as their Chairman and used the event to commend the traditional ruler who is also the immediate past Chairman of South East Traditional Rulers council for the peace and progress that existed during his tenure.
The state chief Executive urged him to continue to make himself available for advisory services in the task of governance of the state while wishing him a very wonderful new yam festival.
In his remarks , the former Chairman of Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers and Traditional ruler of Mgboko Amaise Autonomous Community in Obingwa LGA, Eze Eberechi Dick disclosed that he would continually give thanks to God for what he has done for his community and said that the Iriji Festival a yearly celebration and described it as remarkable witnessing it in good health and thanked the Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu and his Deputy , Sir Ude Oko Chukwu for their support in coming to identify with them.
Charles reporting from deputy governor’s office.
5th December, 2019