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Bishop (Dr.) Mike Okonkwo

Bishop Mike Okonkwo counsels President Buhari, Nnamdi Kanu on Biafra, militarization of South East

Bishop (Dr.) Mike Okonkwo
L-R Chairman of the occasion, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) and Guest Speaker, Dr (Mrs) Nike Akande, Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Dr Mike Okonkwo, his wife Bishop Peace, and Special Guest, President/CEO of Erisco Foods Limited, Chief Eric Umeofia.
L-R President, (LCCI), Dr (Mrs) Nike Akande, Chairman of the occasion, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, Bishop Peace Okonkwo, Dr Mike Okonkwo, the winners of Mike Okonkwo Education and Youth Initiative (MOEYI), Essay Competition, first position Alexandra Nwaigwe, second position Jesuduntan Mercy Ipinmoye, third position Akingbade Gbenga, and President/CEO of Erisco Foods Limited Chief Eric Umeofia.
L-R Chief Examiner Mike Okonkwo Education and Youth Initiative (MOEYI) Professor Hope Eghagha, President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Chief Dr (Mrs) Nike Akande, Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Dr Mike Okonkwo, his wife Bishop Peace, and President/CEO of Erisco Foods Limited Chief Eric Umeofia, cutting the cake to mark the 72nd birthday of Bishop Mike Okonkwo, held at Muson Centre, Lagos

General Overseer of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission, TREM, has counseled President Muhammadu Buhari against militarization of the South East geo-political zone of the country as response to agitations for secession, stressing that the best answer would still be dialogue and equity.

Speaking with journalists after a Lecture to mark his 72nd birthday, held on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the MUSON Centre, Lagos, the renowned Cleric also urged Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB,  to change strategy and instead of seeking the dismemberment of the country, reach out to youths in other geo-political zones who are also agitating, so that together they can pressure the political class to govern the country better for the good of all.

Bishop Okonkwo insisted that Nigeria is better off as one entity, pointing out that the adverse consequences of the dismemberment of the country would be too grave to even be considered.

He noted that much of the agitation in the country was a consequence of the state of the nation, pointing out that if Kanu could team up with Arewa youths, Niger Delta youths, Middle Belt youths and such other groups that also have grievances, they could, together, advance an agenda would result in a better Nigeria.

He insisted that certain government policies, particularly as regards projects, programmes and appointments fuel the feeling of marginalization, especially of the South East and South South geo-political zones of the country and that once these were redressed, there would be no need to militarise the zones.

He blamed the Advisers of President Buhari for much of the issues that are generating discontent and tensions, wondering, for instance, at the quality of advise that resulted in the recent appointments at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, where the South East zone got nothing, stressing that against the background of such situations,  it was inevitable for there to be agitations, especially as the two zones that make up the former Eastern region, which presently produce the bulk of the nation’s revenue lack federal presence in the form of functional infrastructure like roads, railways and airports.

Bishop Okonkwo, who had earlier, while giving the vote of thanks at the well attended programme, fervently prayed for Nigeria and the well being of President Buhari, stressed that there would be divine intervention in the affairs of the country which would frustrate the plans of the enemies of Nigeria and ensure that the dreams of all who wish the country well come to pass.

The excellently packaged Lecture, the 18th in the series, had as theme: ‘Made in Nigeria Products: The Vehicle for Sustainable Development,’ and had as Guest Speaker, former Minister of Industries and current President of The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Chief (Dr.)Mrs Onikepo Akande. The Special Guest of Honour was Chief Eric Odinaka Umeofia, President/Chief Executive Officer of Erisco Group of Companies while Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, former Chairman/Managing Director of Pfizer Pharmaceuticals in Nigeria was Chairman of the memorable event that also witnessed presentation of prizes to winners of the Bishop Mike Okonkwo Annual National Essay Competition for 2017.

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