Ohanaeze Ndigbo chair, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu on seemingly conflicting Igbo Day 2023 and Southeast Summit event dates
On 28 and 29 September 2023, Ndigbo and the people of the Southeast geo-political zone will host two very important events in Owerri and Enugu, concurrently. The events are the Southeast Summit on Security and Economy, and Igbo Day 2023.
Both events are very dear to Ndigbo and the Southeast geo-political zone. That is why we have decided to host them concurrently to ensure massive attendance by our people. Accordingly, the programmes for both events have been structured to accommodate the schedules of our governors and our eminent sons and daughters who are travelling from far and near to attend the events.
On 28 September, all of us will be in Owerri for the first day of the Summit, which starts by 10.00 a.m. By 4.00 p.m. the same day, the first programme of Igbo Day 2023, a public lecture, will be held at the Old Governor’s Lodge, Enugu.
The Summit will continue in Owerri on Friday 29 September with breakaway sessions on security, economy, and related issues only for invited stakeholders, professionals, technocrats, and experts.
On the same day, 29 September, the grand finale of Igbo Day 2023 will continue in Enugu for all other Igbo sons and daughters.
It is to be noted that the date, 29 September, is of historical significance to Ndigbo and is sacrosanct for Igbo Day Celebration. The Governors of the Southeast, who are the hosts of both events, are working hand in hand with the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide for the success of both events. We are in full agreement and concord to host both events concurrently and not on two different dates to ensure massive attendance by our people.
We are taking advantage of the closeness of our States to one another in the Southeast to host these two important events concurrently. In fact, every state in the Southeast is within two hours driving distance from each other. That is strong evidence of our common history, destiny and oneness, which these two events are reinforcing.
It is, therefore, my pleasure to welcome all our invited sons and daughters, in-laws, friends and partners to both the Southeast Summit on Security and Economy and Igbo Day 2023 on the 28 and 29 of September, 2023.
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