Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has renamed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as Indigenous People of a Brighter Nigeria, describing the Igbo race as the life and lifeline of Nigeria.
Ooni Ogunwusi proclaimed the new nomenclature when he paid a visit to Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu at Government House, Umuahia.
According a statement signed and made available to Economic Times by Enyinnaya Appolos, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, the monarch called on the federal government to gainfully engage the youths from the region to ensure the indivisibility of the nation.
Ooni Ogunwusi, who explained that the visit was part of his decision to bridge the gaps across Nigeria and to express support for the Governor, noted that Governor Ikpeazu’s passion for the traditional institution in Nigeria, the state and things that has positive values cannot be over emphasized.
The mornarch added that Nigerians are the same across board, and commended the culture of the Igbos.
“Igbo’s tradition is beautiful and signifies that anyone who brings kola brings life.
“The culture is linked to the ceremony of breaking kolanut which shows strength of the typical Igbo man and woman and the can do spirit of the Igbo race that he is very proud of.
“I am happy that the Igbo culture is upheld and always feels at home in Igbo land”, he said”.
Ooni Ogunwusi, who noted that Nigerians are spiritually linked and must work together because their strength lies in their diversity, urged the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, channel it’s strength to a course that would better the course of the youths.
He called on the re-orientation of the youths that disintegration pays no one any good and enjoined the youths to do away with hate speeches and channel their energy to the right course.
He explained that the youth of the country are the future and energy of the country and should be made to understand that their welfare is his watch word.
In his welcome speech, Governor Ikpeazu described the royal visit as an honour and a privelege.
The Governor thanked the Monarch for his kind words to the state, noting that his prayers, support and encouragement has contributed to Abia’s success.
The Governor said he is encouraged by the leadership style of the Ooni especially in ensuring the unity of Nigeria.
He maintained that Nigeria has all it takes to become world’s best because of its diversity and noted that the problem is the inability to harness the energy and divert it to the positive growth of the country.
The Governor explained that the youths remains an integral part of Abia and the country but must learn to channel their course through the right source.
Governor Ikpeazu expressed belief that the only way to curb youth restiveness, banditry and violent crimes in the society is to ensure that the youths are gainfully employed.