OHANAEZE Ndigbo said they have decided to use the 2017 Igbo Day celebration to submit all their worries, agitation and marginalisation to God.
The apex Igbo body said that Ndigbo had in all times believed in God’s superintendent in their affairs, in everything they did and urged all Igbo not to lose faith in God in their tribulations in Nigeria. The body therefore prayed the people in all parts of the world to use the one week 2017 Igbo Day celebration to re-dedicate their worries to the Almighty.
Chairman of the National Organizing Committee of the 2017 Igbo Day Celebration, Dr. Greg Ibe, made this known in a World Press briefing at Enugu,Monday, when the committee released the time for celebration.
Ibe said they are praying for a myriad of challenges presently facing Ndigbo which they would use the occasion to ask God for intervention.
He said: “Our prayer points are numerous. It ranges from Justice, peace, equity and all that will bring us in total belonging to this country called Nigeria.”
Ibe said that in keeping with the tradition of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, activities for the 2017 edition of Igbo Day Celebration have been scheduled to hold from Saturday 23 to Friday 29 September 2017 with the theme “OGANIRU ANYI DI N’AKA CHUKWU.”
With the Grand Finale scheduled to hold in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on September 29, the activities will commence on Saturday, September 23, with worship in selected Sabbath churches.
On Sunday, September 24, members will worship in selected church denominations across the nation and in the diaspora. Tuesday,September 25 and Wednesday, September 26, are for awareness activities by state chapters of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, while Wednesday, September 27, is for Prophetic prayers in Abuja. Thursday, September 28, is a Symposium at University of Port Harcourt followed by all night vigil, while September 29, is the Grand Finale in Port Harcourt.
Ibe said that 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. “All Igbos in Nigeria and in the diaspora are enjoined to be actively involved in the programme,” Ibe said. – Vanguard
– Sept 5, 2017 @ 12:50 GMT