Hon Comrade Douglas Ibojekere Sunny-Wenike, President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo South Africa(ONSA) has urged Ndigbo and Yorubas no avoid jeopardizing the fraternity, unity and friendship that marked their historical relationship on the altar of short term political sentiments.
The Ogbakiri, Emohua LGA Rivers State born community leader made the assertion on Saturday, 7th October, 2023 while speaking as a special guest at Oodua Progressive Union, (OPU)South Africa 2023 Summit.
L-R: Otunba Kayode Orensi, National Coordinator, OPU, S.A, Hon Comrade Douglas Sunny-Wenike, President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, S.A.
The theme of the summit held at Ernest Ullmann Recreation Centre, Sandton, Johannesburg, was :”Understanding the Agricultural Value Change among the Yorubas”
” I congratulate the organizers of this summit over the success of the event. Indeed, invitation of Ohanaeze Ndigbo,South Africa to this summit attests to the cordial relationship and fraternity existing between the Igbo and Yoruba communities, here in South Africa”
Equally, he urged Ndigbo and Yorubas, especially back home in Nigeria, not jeopardize the fraternity, unity and friendship unity that had exhibited between the two brother ethnic groups on the altar of political sentiments.
He cited the vast number of Igbos resident in the South West, Nigeria (Yoruba land) as a pointer that Ndigbo and the Yorubas, have always lived in peace and harmony, historically.
“In particular, the alliance of the Ndigbo and Yorubas here in South Africa could have a great impact on the Nigerian community, as we are all identified or recognized as Nigerians, firstly in the diaspora before our ethnic colourations”.
Furthermore, the Ohanaeze leader commended the leadership of OPU for putting together such a high powered summit while also acknowledging the role played by Iba Gani Adam’s in enlightening the people especially the youths who are now more conscious and informed about history, challenges facing them as a people and their political life.
Earlier in his address, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land and Global Coordinator of OPU commended the organizers of the summit.
He equally narrated the reason for the formation of the OPU.
According to him, Oodua Progressive Union (OPU) was formed to ensure the protection of Yoruba cultural values and way of life. He stressed on the need for the Yorubas to go back to agriculture as a necessity for socio-economic sustainability.
The Yoruba leader also harped on collaboration with other ethnic groups to achieve a collective emancipation of Nigerians.
In particular, Adams stated that Ohaneze Ndigbo, the Apex Igbo socio-cultural Organization must be given it’s rightful and deserving status as a major player in the comity of ethnic organizations anywhere in the world.
Other dignitaries at the event include His Excellency, Muhammed Haruna Marda, Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa represented by Mr. Irazi, Prof Aregbesola Adewale, Guest Speaker, Professor of International Business and Economics, University of South Africa, Otunba Segun Ogunpitan, Coordinator, OPU, African Union, Otunba Kayode Orensi, National Coordinator, OPU, South Africa, High Chief Jeff Azubuike, Secretary General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, South Africa