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Thursday, 25 July 2019

Ohaneze Ndigbo confers Grand Patron status on Chief Johnbosco Onunkwo

The Youth Wing of Ohaneze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group has conferred on Engr. Johnbosco Onunkwo as grand patron of the group.

The conferment which held in Awka yesterday was highlight of the poltical summit of the group with its theme as : The Fate of Igbo Youth in the Present Day Nigeria. The summit had in attendance representatives of the group from the five South-Eastern states and equally from Delta and Rivers state.

On the choice of Onunkwo as Grand Patron, the Ohaneze Youth Council President, Mr.  Arthur Obiora explained that Onunkwo emerged the choice candidate to be bestowed such honour after careful scrutiny by members of the executive.

Mr. Obiora described Engr. Onunkwo as a young man who has carved a niche for himself through unparalleled philanthropic gestures regardless of which part of Nigeria the beneficiary hails from. He posited that Onunkwo's free medical care for various communities in Anambra state is testament of his love for mankind.

In his words, "Johnbosco is not one o f the richest in Igbo land but his philanthropic gestures has placed him on high pedestal and he is never relenting in doing more especially for the youths".

In his reaction, Engr. Onunkwo expressed his gratitude to the youth wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural group for deeming it fit for the honour. "I am very deeply grateful for this uncommon honour bestowed on my humble self today.  This would go a long way in spurring me to do more and I promise Igbo youths that I will not disappoint. Time has come for the Igbo youths to make bold statements as it concerns issues bedeviling our country. To pursue a common interest, we must first unite, reconcile, then reposition ourselves towards making bold and consensus statements for our collective good as a people.

"We need to shun bribe, division of all sorts if we intend to overcome stumbling blocks to our progress. We should at all times stand and speak with one voice and believe you me, Ohaneze youth remain the saving grace of our people. I sincere appreciate the honour and would continue to support the progress of this group", Engr. Onunwo stated.

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