FULL TEXT OF A SPEECH DELIVERED BY DR. OGBONNAYA ONU AS CHAIRMAN OF THE 2015 IGBO DAY CELEBRATION GALA NIGHT OF OHANAEZE NDIGBO (FCT CHAPTER) HOLDING AT SANDRALIA HOTEL, JABI, ABUJA, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015.

PROTOCOL:

This Night, Ladies and Gentlemen, I stand before you proud and humbled by your effort to reclaim the rich heritage of our people. I thank you for your resolve. I salute you for your vision. Above all, I share your conviction that a people without history have no future.

I am convinced that the event of this night will rekindle hope in many that when a people come together in search of a common purpose, surely no obstacle can defeat them in the pursuit of a better and brighter future.

We have a rich history as a people. We have given to our beloved country, men and women of distinction who have made important contributions to national development. We have substantially contributed to the growth of our economy through our resourcefulness and enterprise. We have strengthened our nation’s unity as we live, work and raise a family in virtually every village in all parts of our beloved country.

In less than three days, our dear country will be 55 years old as an independent nation and more than 101 years as a country. We must continue to work for the greatness of Nigeria. We should always remember that when a people bond together in the pursuit of a common goal, they will overcome. We should be our brothers’ keeper for there is always strength in unity. We should look back at yesterday and learn from the lessons of our journey so far and resolve to engage tomorrow for better prospects. We have the men. We have the women. We have the human and material resources to enable us build a great nation.

In this long and beautiful journey, we should renew faith in ourselves and absolute trust in God. “Onye Kwe Chiya Ekwe”. We must resolve to love one another and together affirm that we shall succeed. Self-confidence is the manure that nourishes achievement. I believe that if we resolve to pursue our manifest destiny as one people bound together in strength and purpose, Nigeria’s greatness would be achieved.

I am confident that Ndi Igbo will help renew Nigeria. We cannot achieve this if we are not united. I urge that we do not allow division among ourselves and hence work together in love and unity in the pursuit of a common destiny. When we work together for the common good, our individual talents, strength and achievements will be better appreciated by all. We did it in the past. We can do it in the future.

As I end this speech, I see a new Nigeria on the mountain top with Ndi Igbo taking their rightful place in the affairs of the nation. We should continue to work for the peace and prosperity of our dear nation. The future is bright. Nigeria will be great again.

Finally, I thank the Ohanaeze Ndigbo for successfully organizing this event. I am confident that it is a noble effort for which generations yet unborn will remain grateful. I say to you: well done and thank you.

GOD BLESS NIGERIA

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