December 26, 2022 was a day of stocktaking for the Ikwerre ethnic nationality in Rivers State as Ochi Ohas, chiefs, elders and youths as well as women and children gathered at the Ecumenical Centre located in Rumuwoji, Port Harcourt, to thank God for His goodness and mercies to Ikwerre people.
Speaking at the annual event, the President General of Ogbakor Ikwerre Cultural Organization, Prof. Emenike Nyeche Wami, recalled that the 2022 edition made it 23 unbroken years of seeking God, and thanking Him for what His goodness and mercies to Ikwerre people in Rivers State.
The President General explained that 26th December, a public holiday, was chosen by Ikwerre people world wide as a day of sacred convocation, to express gratitude to God and to seek His grace and mercies.
He expressed appreciation to God that the aims and objectives of Ogbakor Ikwerre, which was founded in 1963 were being achieved, with Ikwerre people climbing to the pinnacle of governance at state and federal levels.
Prof. Wami further said that Ikwerre people have so many reasons to thank God, including the gift if life.
” Eight years as Speaker at Rivers State House of Assembly; 16 years as Governor of Rivers State; Ministers of Education and Transportation; Chief Judge of Rivers State consecutively on three occasions; Chairman of Nigerian Governors Forum.
“Two Ikwerre sons: Governor Nyesom Wike and Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi came second respectively in the presidential primaries of the two leading parties in Nigeria: Peoples Democratic Party and All Progressives Congress”, the President General recalled, while describing the achievements as impossible in the early years when no Ikwerre man was considered fit to contest in the first election in Port Harcourt because of lack of education.
He thanked God for the new turn of events where the Ikwerreman is able to contest for power at the highest levels, adding that God has blessed Ikwerre with successful captains of industry, academicians and professionals in many fields of human endeavour.
The Presudent General of Ogbakor Ikwerre also thanked God for the infrastructure, and institutions on Ikwerre land, as well as the establishment of Wigwe University, Isiokpo; first private University owned by an Ikwerreman on Ikwerre soil, bringing the number of private universities in Ikwerre land to three.
“We believe that God will bless us more as we continue to return to give Him thanks. I see greater victories ahead”, he noted, adding that . the continouos prosperity of Ikwerre is dependent on continouos appreciation of goodness of God on the ethnic nationality.
Speaking on ‘Sustaining the Mightiness of God’s Glory and Grace in Ikwerre Land’, Arch – Bishop Eddy Ogbonda of the Sacred Flame International Church in Port Harcourt, decried the absence of Ikwerre people in federal institutions and urged the President General of Ogbakor Ikwerre to set up a committee to explore ways and means of correcting the anomaly.
He also called on Ikwerre people all over the world to remember their brothers who are ministers of the gospel and support them inorder to sustain the work of God in Ikwerre land.
The 23rd edition of Ikwerre Day of Thanksgiving organised by Ogbakor Ikwerre Cultural Organisation World Wide was attended by Ikwerre people from the four Ikwerre speaking Local Government Areas of Port Harcourt, Obio/Akpor, Ikwerre and Emohua.
Highlights of the event included praise and worship, as well as pesentations by individuals and groups.