The Ebonyi State Governor, Mr. David Umah, has urged the people of Ezza nation to imbibe the spirit of peace and unity as they celebrate the 2018 new yam festival.
The festival billed to hold Thursday and known as “Okeaku”, signals the harvesting of new yams and the commencement of new planting season.
The governor, in a statement by his spokesman, Emmanuel Uzor, on Wednesday in Abakaliki, felicitated with the people of Ezza both at home and in Diaspora, enjoining them to unify, project and protect the core values of Ezza Ezekuna.
The governor said: “From my childhood, I have always admired the unity exhibited by Ezza people during and after each year’s celebration of this encompassing new yam festival. I must confess, it’s an enviable, rich, and sumptuous cultural heritage which deserves to be protected with all we may have. By doing that, Ezza Ezekuna cultural history can never be written in minuscule.
“As I celebrate with you today, I want you to use this opportunity to go down memory lane, open your minds, feel the positive impacts of this present administration on the good people of Ezza nation for the past three years. I won’t say much about that, but at least Okeaku festival for the past three years have always been presided over by your own son who happens to be the Chairman, Traditional Rulers Council of Ebonyi State, Secretary to the State Government and many more members of the State Executive Council all of Ezza Extraction.
“As you celebrate this year’s Okeaku festival, use this time to preach peace and unity among you, be your brothers’ keeper, and pray alwaysfor God’s guidance as we hope to celebrate together again next