Ohanaeze Ndigbo, an Igbo apex socio-cultural organization, yesterday said that it would use its 2017 Igbo Day celebration to seek the face of God to help the Igbo nation overcome the long years of marginalization and myriad of problems facing them in Nigeria.
Making the disclosure at a world press conference held at the Ohanaeze secretariat in Enugu after the inauguration of the National Organizing Committee of the 2017 Igbo Day celebration, which he chaired, Dr Gregory Ibe, said they have lined up several church activities for the one-week long celebration to seek divine solution to the problems of the Igbo, as well as pray for the nation.
He said –
“As you are aware Ohanaeze annually organizes the Igbo Day Celebration as a way of commemorating the unique Igbo traditional heritage. Against the backdrop of the current challenges of Ndigbo and as a way of seeking divine solutions to these problems, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has decided to use the annual Igbo Day Celebration for 2017 to mobilize Igbos across the globe to pray and seek the face of God for Nigeria and Ndigbo in particular….
The Igbo operate on the premise that there is God; God dictates the pace, so we will put everything in the hands of God, we are now looking unto God to help Nigeria to be one.”
Dr Ibe, who is also the founder and Chancellor of Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State, said that the theme of the 2017 celebration is “Oganiru Anyi di n’aka Chukwu”, which translates into “our moving forward is in the hands of God” in English language.
He informed that the prayers which would start in Sabbath and Celestial churches on September 23 would serve as an avenue for the Igbo to implore the Almighty God to help them get justice, peace and equity that would make them have a sense of belonging in Nigeria.
Dr Ibe also revealed that the grand finale of the celebration would be held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State which also serves as this year’s host state for the celebration. Enugu is the co-hosting state.
It was scheduled that a day world be set aside for prophetic prayers in Abuja after an interdenominational service in selected churches across the country and in the Diaspora as part of the activities for the Igbo Day celebration.