Nigeria’s ambassador to UK, Ohanaeze Ndigbo leaders urges youth to prioritise unity, peace,
Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Ambassador Sarafa Tunji Isola, along with leaders of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo community, have called upon Nigerian youths to disregard any issue that might cause strife and division in the nation.
The collaborative initiative took shape during a notable event where Ambassador Isola welcomed Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, along with prominent members of the Igbo community.
The event, an exclusive dinner held at the High Commissioner’s residence in London on Tuesday, aimed to discuss strategies for fostering peace and unity within Nigeria.
Ambassador Isola, during his address, stated the significant connections among Nigerian citizens in the UK, particularly the Igbo community, with a particular focus on the resilient and innovative nature of the Igbo community.
He also underscored the remarkable contributions of the Igbo community across diverse fields, enriching the global cultural and developmental landscape.
Stressing the pivotal role of a united Nigeria, Ambassador Isola noted how such cohesion would facilitate stronger alliances with other international nations.
Underscoring the strong bond within the Nigerian community and the robust diplomatic ties between Nigeria and the United Kingdom, the envoy encouraged Nigeria to continue fostering unity, peace, and camaraderie for the betterment of Nigeria.
Iwuanyanwu, in his address, expressed heartfelt appreciation to Ambassador Isola for granting them an audience, noting the historic nature of this engagement.
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo president noted that this marked the first time that a Nigerian High Commissioner in the United Kingdom engaged with Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
Iwuanyanwu said the gathering was the second such engagement by the High Commissioner and urged Nigerian youths to disregard any issue that might incite discord and division in the country.
Iwuanyanwu also noted Nigeria’s potential for prosperity, emphasising that with harmony, equity, and fairness, the country can become one of the most prosperous countries in the world due to its abundant human and natural resources.
He also urged Nigerian youth, instead of inciting division in the country, to uphold the leadership principles of the nation’s founding fathers, which promote peaceful coexistence and harmony.
The statement described Iwuanyanwu as a politician, businessman, engineer, and philanthropist who credits his success to the efforts of the Federal Government of Nigeria, which enabled him to achieve various accomplishments, including his international education.
“He (Iwuanyanwu) is a proud recipient of the prestigious German Academic Exchange Scholarship, facilitated by the Federal Government of Germany in 1964, as well as the Africa Student Scholarship in Addis Ababa.
Chief Iwuanyanwu has also been recognised with several national awards, including the Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR), Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR), and Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR).
He places great importance on peace advocacy and human capital development, particularly in the area of youth empowerment,” it added.
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