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Monday 27 August 2018



Ogeh Friday Igiri
Reporting For Family Writers Press

The great OJIJI NEW YAM FESTIVAL of Izzi people in Ebonyi State (Abakiliki Province), was widely celebrated throughout the Izzi ancestral kingdom. Those within and without, formed part of the festivities on Saturday 25th August, 2018. It was really ecstatic and magnanimous. The annual event recorded pleasurable uniqueness in every ramification.

Izzi people which comprise of Abakiliki and Ebonyi local government areas of the State, jointly and in unmistakable terms, declared their total support for Biafra and her restoration drive as being ably led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The event that was organized to mark the 2018 edition of the Ojiji New Yam Festival, took place at Ikenyi in Izzi local government area of Ebonyi State. It was organized by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) family in Ebonyi North Senatorial District. The elderly, men, women, children and youths from every nook and cranny of Izzi clan fully participated.

Mazi Ezike Wisdom, the Ebonyi North IPOB Senatorial District Coordinator, his executives, the Ebonyi State IPOB Deputy Women Leader - Mrs. Jacinta Chukwu, the Izzi Local Government Area IPOB Coordinator - Mazi Ishioko Jacob, Ebonyi Local Government Area Coordinator - Mazi Udoka and the Abakiliki Local Government Coordinator - Mazi Obasi Ifeanyi, including other Zonal and Unit Coordinators within the Ebonyi North Senatorial District, were all in attendance.

Elder Nwaebonyi Patrick anchored the traditional rites of the festival in consonance with the demands of tradition. He thanked Chukwuokike Abiama (God Almighty) for the bountiful harvest recorded and prayed for His blessings upon the entire Izzi, Ebonyi and Biafran people globally.

Elder Uguru Daniel in his submission, explained the full meaning of OJIJI which according to him, stands for new yam. He stated that throughout the entire land of Izzi, it is valued, respected and celebrated by the people much more than every other festivity annually.

Elder Nwamini Obaji  clearly noted that the 2018 edition of the festival was exceptional in that Izzi people in Ebonyi State have unanimously resolved to give their total and unalloyed support to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), in their uncompromising agitations for the restoration of Biafra sovereignty. "Izzi people stand with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB. We are ready to do anything to make sure that Biafra is fully restored. We are tired of the contraption called Nigeria", he pointedly maintained.

In his speech, elder Vincent Onicha gave detailed explanation of the ordeals of Biafrans from 1967 to 1970, when Nigeria connived with her foreign allies to unleash genocide against us,  gruesomely killing over 3.5 million Biafrans including children, youths, women and men, which they concealed from the world with the compromised media. He called on the entire indigenous people of Izzi and Ebonyians in general, in whatever location/trade, to give maximum support to the freedom of Biafrans and the restoration efforts of the nation of Biafra. "It is the last hope of the common man as long as the black race is concerned".

Addressing the people, Mazi Wisdom Ezike urged all to love one another and always work in one accord, even in the struggle for Biafra restoration. Without love and unity he further emphasized, we cannot achieve the much needed objective.

Mazi Ishioko Jacob amongst others who spoke in the same vein, expressed joy over the giant step so far taken by Izzi people in Abakiliki Province, to officially and boldly identify with the IPOB. He urged them to look out for the closest IPOB family units and get duly registered.

It should be observed that seven days prior to the new yam festival, the Izzi people witnessed incessant rainfalls throughout the clan. This according to elder Uguru Daniel, "is significant of the blessings of Chukwuokike Abiama upon his people". Many who witnessed the Ojiji new yam festival are marked recipients of God's blessings following this year's event according to tradition, he further posited.

The 2018 edition of the festival organized by the IPOB was climaxed by enormous merriments and exchange of pleasantries. The people are optimistic that the 2019 edition will be celebrated in "Biafra sovereign nation", as freed people.

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