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Tributes as Arochukwu indigenes, bid Eze Aro farewell

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Tributes as Arochukwu indigenes, bid Eze Aro farewell

Friends and well-wishers of Arochukwu and the entire kingdom have bid farewell to late Eze Ogbonnaya Okoro popularly known as Eze Aro.
At the final burial rites on Monday, April 5, 2021, both the young and old were at their best in display as the remains of Eze Aro were eventually interred.
The indigenes of Arochukwu in Arochukwu local government area of Abia state one after the other took turns to eulogise the lives and times of the departed first class Traditional Ruler.

The Chairman, Aro National Rites of Passage Committee, Prof. Okoro Ijeoma, described the deceased king as highly talented, educated, relaxed and very respectful.He said the late traditional ruler sacrificed a lot for the peace of his community.
Prof. Okoro used the occasion to draw the attention of the federal government on the deplorable state of Arochukwu/Ohafia highway.He said the completion of the road would be the best way to immortalise the highly respected late Monarch. 
“We have had a road which is in despair and it was one of those agonies that faced him when he was alive and we want a lasting legacy for the road to be fixed to honour him, because that is how we can grow economically and socially,” he said.
Also speaking, a two-time governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance now one of the top APC leaders in Abia state Dr Alex Otti who chaired the burial event commended the chairman of the National Committee on the burial rites of passage and committees for working so hard to organise a befitting burial for the Aro monarch. He also thanked Aro sons and daughters both at home and in the diaspora for their huge financial contributions to the burial and encouraged them to maintain the spirit of unity engendered by the event.”He remarked that the entire Aro people are consoled by the legacies the late Eze Aro left behind. Dr. Otti then prayed to God to show him mercy and grant his soul eternal rest, while calling on the immediate family of the deceased and the entire Aro kingdom to bear the loss with fortitude
Convener of the New Nigeria Group, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, said the late Eze Aro loved his community and Nigeria at large.
He said, “Late Mazi Ogbonnaya Okoro, preached peace and collective responsibility towards the development of his community while on the throne. Each time we visited him, he  will tell us that  the crown he was wearing was also on our heads, therefore we must work hard to protect it.
“He wanted all of us to be involved in seeking the peace, progress and development of the Arochukwu Kingdom.
“He never demanded anything from anyone, he was content with what he had. He was an extraordinary king, one would have expected him to be more demanding but he wasn’t.
Born on Monday, March 6, 1932, Mazi Ogbonnaya Okoro, he ascended the famous Eze Aro throne in 1995 and his reign witnessed tremendous transformation of the kingdom and growth in inter-communal relations. 
Among other positions, Eze Ogbonnaya Okoro, was a first-class traditional ruler and occupied one of the ancient traditional stools in Nigeria and was the custodian of the Aro heritage worldwide.
He passed on after a protracted illness.

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Sallah: NUJ Commends Maktoub Publisher for Support

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The Nigeria Union of Journalists, FCT Council, has commended the Publisher/CEO of Maktoub Strategic PR and Publishing, Mariam Mohammed, for her continued support to the union.

In a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, the chairman of the council, Emmanuel Ogbeche, described Ms. Mohammed as a consumate public relations and media strategist who is always ready to offer support.

In the statement signed by Secretary of the NUJ FCT Council, Ochiaka Ugwu, he said the latest donation of rams and several bags of rice is a testament to her understanding of the harsh media environment.

“Ms. Mariam Maktoub Mohammed has over time demonstrated that she is friend of the NUJ FCT and continues to offer her support.
“It would be recalled that she was one of the earliest people to donate hand sanitisers and face masks to the Union in the battle against Covid-19.
“Others in PR and media management generally need to learn institutional partnership from her,” the statement reads.
According to Ogbeche, the NUJ looks forward to continue working closely with the Maktoub Group especially in the area of strategic communication and capacity building.

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Leke Abejide celebrates Chief Shola Adebola at birthday

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The Honourable member representing Yagba Federal Constituency and the Chairman, House Committee on Customs & Excise, Honorable Leke Abejide has felicitated with his Chief of Staff and the Director-General Leke Abejide Foundation, Chief Shola Adebola Gadaffi on the occasion of his birthday.
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The Special adviser on Media and Publicity to the lawmaker Abraham Ibukun Eunice quoted him to have described Chief Adebola as an astute leader, pathfinder and mobiliser who has achieved so much for the foundation through utmost dedication and desire to grow.
The statement reads, “His approach towards the efficient organisation and perfect interactions with people in different areas and all works of life has brought about stability to him.
“Chief Shola Adebola is my brother, a great man with tremendous value and honour, community builder, leader, and magnate with content.

“It is with great honour and privilege that I write to congratulate you on the occasion of your birthday. Your contributions to the growth and development of our Leke Abejide foundation remains indelible, incredible and super amazing “On behalf of myself and the good people of Yagba Federal Constituency I congratulate Hon. Shola Adebola on this day as he marks his birthday anniversary.

He prayed that as he marks a milestone in his life, God will grant him long life, sound health and more strength to carry on with a greater and clearer vision.

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CUPP National Secretary eulogises Imoke at 60

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The National Secretary of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), High Chief Peter Ojonugwa Ameh has eulogised former Governor of Cross Rivers State, Senator Liyel Imoke, on the occasion of his 60th birthday anniversary.

In a Congratulatory Statement made available to the NationalUpdate in Avuja on Saturday Ameh described Senator Imoke as a man with incredible leadership qualities, contributing significantly to the glorious years of Nigeria’s return to democracy between 1999 and 2003. 

He said the former Senator in clocking 60, reflects a life of dedication to God and humanity, adding that: “He posseses remarkable Leadership qualities whose years of experience in Resource Adminstration, Legal Practice, Legislature, and statesmanship remain unequalled.”

Beyond sixty, the CUPP Secretary asked Senator Imoke to keep his fire of love, selfless service, compassion, philanthropy, and mentorship to the younger generation burning, praying he witnesses more milestones in sound health, capacity, and wisdom of the Almighty God.

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