From Maurice Okafor,Enugu.
A renowned philantropist and Chief executive officer of Oranto oils limited,Engr Prince Arthur Eze, has advised Nigerian politicians to harmonise their various interests in the overall interest of maintaining pêace,keeping Nigeria united to enable us overcome the security challenges confronting Nigeria currently.
Prince Arthur Eze gave this advise yesterday, at the Ocassion of birthday celebration of Igwe Emmanuel Ugwu,the traditional ruler of Ibagwa Nike, the opportunity of which Prince Arthur Eze used to commission the skill acquisition center built by the community and named after him(Prince Arthur Eze).
Eze stressed that the average Nigerians,irrespective of tribe or religion are ready to coexist with one another but are being divided by the political elites for their selfish interest..
He insisted that the various challenges facing the nation, including the rising insecurity, were the creation of the Nigerian elites, and called on Ndigbo to love their Northern counterparts and work with them to achieve their desires in the country.
“Forget these politicians creating problems everywhere; the North made me what I am today… we (Igbo) must be with the North, without the North we won’t have peace,” he said.
Eze, who donated the sum of N100 million for socio-economic development of Ibagwa kingdom, said Igwe Ugwu was one of the people that worked with him for several years and demonstrated trust and reliability as a servant.
Similarly, other guests who coroborrated Prince Arthur Eze’s view included Abdulazeez Yar’Adua, who is a traditional title holder in the community (Akajiugo 1 of Ibagwa), said the title had widened his horizon, “and given him hope that we can work for one Nigeria, move away from those things dividing us”.
Yar’Adua counseled Nigerians to avoid the experience of Rwanda but to keep talking to themselves, stressing that the Nigerian elites should realize that Nigeria can solve her problems with greater understanding of one another in cultural exchanges such as the one being demonstrated by Igwe Ugwu.
HRM Igwe Emmanuel Ugwu had earlier stated that he served Arthur Eze for 18 years and he learnt from him philanthropy and detribalized dispositions, noting that Arthur Eze exposed him to prominent Nigerians from every part of the country.
“We are suffering today in the country because we lost our history, hence tribal war and hatred everywhere… I’m using my palace to do my little to unite Nigerians through cultural integration,” he said.