Zik’s Mausoleum: Umeh Lauds Buhari
…Insists on All-Inclusive Governance
By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Senator representing Anambra Central senatorial district in the national Assembly, Chief Sir Victor Umeh, has showered encomiums on President Muhammad Buhari for the successful completion of Zik’s Mausoleum, even as he said that all-inclusive governance remains the only solution to the myriad of agitations bedevilling the nation.
Umeh who stated this while fielding questions from newsmen at his country home, Aguluzigbo shortly after a Thanksgiving Mass organized in his honour at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Aguluzigbo, in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State, urged the president to address the numerous infrastructural challenges facing the people of Southeast Geopolitical Zone, noting that the Zone had been neglected and marginalized for so long.
The former national chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) emphatically said he was not against Buhari but was more concerned about Ndigbo getting what rightfully belonged to them, even as he described himself as an advocate of peace, equity and fairness.
‘I cannot for any reason be against the president. Why should I be against Buhari? Today, he is the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I just want him to address the numerous challenges facing the people of southeastern Nigeria, especially the issue of appointments, job opportunities, good roads and other life-enhancing projects.
Our region has been so neglected and marginalized. We thank him for completing the Mausoleum. We appreciate him for that. Meanwhile, we need basic amenities. We need federal government’s presence. Let him correct the ills meted against Ndigbo. Once that is done Ndigbo will have no other option than to support him.
The major problems facing the Igbo people had been the political structural disadvantage Ndigbo have been subjected to due to the programmes and policies of successive military regimes that had been in-charge of affairs of Nigeria. This structural imbalance is what we are suffering today,’ Umeh concluded.
On why he organized the Thanksgiving Celebration, Sen. Umeh said it was a day set-aside to appreciate God for His grace and mercies upon him and his family, noting that without God he would not be a Senator today, adding that God fought his battles and granted him victory over his opponents.
Umeh thanked his numerous supporters and well-wishers, political associates, leadership of APGA, media practitioners, especially the people of Anambra Central Senatorial District for standing by him all through his trying period, emphasizing that he would justify the faith repose in him by his constituents. He appealed to the eligible voters to vote for all APGA candidates come February 16th 2019.
The Thanksgiving Mass which was presided over by the Catholic bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship Most Dr. P. C Ezeokafor had people from walks of life in attendance notable among whom were the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief Dr. Willie Obiano; Deputy governor, Dr. Nkem Okeke; the Anglican bishop of Awka Diocese, Rt. Rev. Alexander Chibuzo Ibezim, PhD; the Auxiliary bishop of Awka Diocese, His Lordship Most Rev. Dr. Jonas Benson Okoye; members of Ancient and Noble Order of Knights of St. John International; former commissioner for information Anambra State, Chief Tony Onyima (Ife Idemili); Chief Emeka Agumadu (Baby Awka); political appointees, transition committee chairmen, party faithful, traditional rulers, Onowus, APGA candidate for Idemili North/South Federal Constituency, Hon. Ifeanyi Ibezi (Ochiagha Idemili) the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA candidate for Idemili North state constituency election, Hon. Ifeanyi Arthur Chiekwu (Money man), among others.