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Tuesday, 10 December 2019

END OF THE YEAR 2019 GENERAL MEETING/GET-TOGETHER OF IPOB OBIO/AKPOR AREA 1 ELDERS COUNCIL, IGWEOCHA, BIAFRALAND

END OF THE YEAR 2019 GENERAL MEETING/GET-TOGETHER OF IPOB OBIO/AKPOR AREA 1 ELDERS COUNCIL, IGWEOCHA, BIAFRALAND

The Elders Council of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Obio/Akpor Area 1, Igweocha, Biafraland, held it's end of 2019 general meeting cum a get-together on Friday 6th December 2019, amidst pomp and pageantry. The gathering attracted a cream of IPOB principal servants both within and outside the Obio/Akpor Area 1 jurisdiction. The Area 1 Coordinator, Mazi Jonathan Amamchukwu, IPOB Igweocha Coordinator, Mazi David Njoku and IPOB African Representative/ Nigeria National Interim Coordinator/Radio Biafra Extra Anchor,  Mazi George Onyeibe, all graced the occasion with their physical presence.

Elder Uche Nwachukwu, the Obio/Akpor Area 1 Elders Council Chairman, in welcoming all to the event, duly appreciated their presence. He solicited for maximum cooperation, attention and patience as events of the day unfolded. Presentation, breaking and sharing of kolanuts according to Biafra tradition were duly observed. Welcome address was presented by the Area 1 Elders Council Secretary cum Media Head, Elder Onyemachi Peters on the mandate of the Chairman. It highlighted the genesis and functionality of the IPOB Elders Council particularly within Obio/Akpor Area 1 amongst other family locations in Biafraland. They eulogised the courage, encouragement and tenacity of the IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and pledged their total loyalty and support.

The Obio/Akpor Area 1 Coordinator, Mazi Jonathan Amamchukwu was joyfully overwhelmed by the turn out of participants and most importantly, the physical presence of both the Igweocha Coordinator and the African Representative. He reiterated the indispensable values of the elders and pleaded that their God-given duties be fully maximized across Biafraland as their availability with years of wisdom and experience as fathers, remain a blessing.

Mazi David Njoku, IPOB Igweocha Coordinator, was full of praise for the organisers and for being physically present. He pointedly reminded the elders that the cost of freedom remains enormous, calling on them never to renege on their resolve and commitment in the Biafra restoration mandate which has assumed a different approach since after the 1967 to 1970 genocidal war which the Nigerian State brought to Biafrans. Mazi David Njoku deeply regretted the disappointing disposition of the so-called South-South region in the struggle. He called on the elders to redouble their efforts in bringing their position, force, wisdom and experience as fathers, to bear upon the Biafra evangelism thrust within their localities while also encouraging them to be focused and undeterred.

Taking his turn, the indefatigable and courageous IPOB African Representative, Nigeria National Interim Coordinator  and Radio Biafra-Extra Anchor, Mazi George Onyeibe heartily welcomed the elders without whose formidable presence in IPOB family, the successes so far recorded, would not have been possible. He exceptionally extolled the role of the IPOB Elders Council though comprising of diverse Biafran tribes, have determinedly exhibited very high moral standards in their domains. The unity of purpose, wisdom, love and truth which have been the invaluable factors shall remain their enabling fundamentals in the Biafra restoration quest. He maintained that these ingredients must never be downgraded if they must keep afloat, their relevance and leadership roles as fathers. Mazi George Onyeibe pleaded with the elders never to relent as examplary custodians of Biafran values while also calling on their attention to critically focus on grooming their members according to laid down standards. He stated that every avenue and indices of compromise and treachery must have to be holistically/pre-emptively dealt with. The African Representative warmly appreciated the elders for the privilege and opportunity given to him to be part of the get-together meeting. Exhaustively responding to other   issues of concern in the IPOB family, he dropped one very insightful and inspirational revelation which says that: "We are the visible image of the invisible IPOB", to the admiration of all.

The Elders Council Chairman in the entire Igweocha, Elder (Deacon) Sam Izodinma, enjoined his colleagues to stay strong and courageous, reminding them of their responsibilities as elders of the land in their respective locations. He reiterated the need for them to always stand on truth, wisdom and purposefulness in all their undertakings by virtue of the struggle for the total restoration of the sovereign nation of Biafra. He referenced the four hundred and forty (440) years of bondage and wilderness experience of the blessed children of Israel before their eventual match or exit into freedom from the land of Egypt. He gave the assurance that Biafrans most assuredly and imminently too, will gloriously be ushered into their homeland as a free people. The Igweocha Elders Council Chairman stated that the journey to freedom is not a child's play and so, requires aggressive persistence and commitment.

The Obio/Akpor Area 1 Elders at this juncture, collectively filed out to carry out their routine libation exercise  with the Biafra traditional market days of Eke, Orie, Afor and Nkwo duly represented.

The occasion was entirely successful and eventful. It came to a close amidst treats to sumptuous delicacies and exchange of pleasantries.

Peter Oshagwu
Reporting for Family Writers Press International























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