Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State has said he will personally lead an entourage of government officials to this year’s celebration of Igbo Day in Lagos.
The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, will be part of the governor’s high powered entourage expected at the event.
This signifies a rare show of solidarity with Igbos in Lagos.
Recall that the 2015 general elections threatened long standing harmonious relationship between Lagos and Igbos residents in Lagos.
The organizers said Ambode along with the President of Ndigbo Lagos, Prof. Anya O. Anya, would be joint Chief Hosts of the ceremony.
The event is slated for September 29th at the main bowl of the National Stadium, Surulere Lagos.
According to the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Lagos State chapter, Dr. Dom Ferguson Okoli, former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika and Deputy Head of State, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (rtd) would be the chairman and special guest of honors respectively.
The theme of this year’s celebration, Okoli said, is “Ojemba Chetekwa Ulo” (traveler remember where you come from).
The event is jointly organized by Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos State chapter and Ndigbo Lagos with active participation of Igbo Speaking Community, Aka Ikenga and Igbo Traders in Lagos state.
Prof. Laz Ekwueme is the Royal Father of the day just as the Director General, Institute of National Transformation, Prof. Vincent Anibogu, will be the officiating minister.
Okoli explained that Igbo Day is celebrated on September 29, every year in remembrance of Igbo sons and daughters who were murdered before, during and after the civil war.
He said some of the activities lined up during the celebration include, a church service, cultural displays among other activities.
Chief Sir Oliver Akubueze and Chief Chris Nweke are the co-chairmen of the 2016 Igbo day celebration.