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Ebonyi Govt charges indigenes on peace, cultural heritage

Samuel Amah-Ugbor, Abakaliki

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The Ebonyi State Government, has charged the indigenous people of the Orring Nation to be peace loving, saying this was the only way development could thrive within and beyond them.
Stressing that peace was a penecea for the development and sustenance of societies, the state government harped on the need for the people to eschew bitterness and give peace a chance at all times for them to progress in their endeavours.
The Deputy Governor of the state, Dr. Eric Igwe, gave the charge during the Maiden Orring Day 2021 celebration, which held at the Ntezi Central School, in the Ishielu Local Government Area of the state, on Friday.
The Orring people are found in Okpoto, Ntezi and some parts of Nkalagu in the Ishielu LGA; Effium, in the Ohaukwu Local Government Area of the state; and at Amuda, in the Ezza South Local Area of the state.
Represented by the Coordinator of Ishielu East Development Centre, Mrs Offia Ngozi-Rosemary, Dr. Igwe said, “We are happy that the entire communities of the Orring Nation held their first cultural day.
“There is need for peace among us, if we must take development further in all aspects of our lives. Peace is key in whatever we do.
“The Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David is a man of peace and we should follow the steps of this peace-loving governor. It will be an effort in futility if after this Maiden Orring Day, you people do not embrace peace.
“Peace is what we need to develop the communities in Orring; we need peace to develop Ebonyi State and the entire country and so, it’s important that we eschew every bitterness and anger and embrace peace.
“In his efforts to develop this state, Engr Umahi needs your support and prayers. So, there is every need to always support this government.”
Earlier in his address, the Chairman of Orring Historical Society, Dr Peter Okey, who was represented by Rev. Patrick Aleke, said the event, which had as theme, ‘Celebrating our ethnic identity and rich cultural heritage,’ was an opportunity to showcase and promote the heritage of the people.
According to him, the choice of the theme was informed by the fact that the culture of the people was underappreciated, uncelebrated and undocumented, saying this had led to identity crisis within and outside the people.
He added, “The lack of appreciation for our culture and history has led to a rise in identity crisis and dilemma amongst many of our people. Today, Orring language and culture are at the point of extinction, especially amongst our younger generations, where for various reasons, the proportion of our young people with knowledge of our language and culture continues to decline.
“But one troubling reason for this decline I cultural awareness and competence is the issue of identity. Common stereotypes often cast the Orring people and their culture as inferior or allien to the state and the region. We have seen cases where young Orring people may restrict their connection to our culture and distance themselves from our language.
“And besides literary and linguistic documentation, the documentation of the Orring history is another gap that requires immediate attention.”
One of the indigenous people and a member of the Planning Committee, Mr Edede Barnabas, said, “Today is a new dawn and great day in the history of the Orring Nation as we celebrate the maiden edition with great success, happiness and historic preservations.
“I thank the Board of Trustees, the Planning committee, the Media Team, the security agents, the entire Orring people, and the general public for the wonderful job and corporation.
“We, as Orring people are pro-Igbos and have nothing to regret for been whom we are, because anything God Almighty does is perfect indeed and ought not to be blamed. Every language and culture is unique and should not been seen as barrier or cause for alarm, disunity and fragility, among co-inhabitants.”
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