By Brown Chimezie
Eze Ndigbo of Ifako Ijaye, Lagos State, Michael Ezekwobi, has praised the late Ikemba, Odumegwu Emeka Ojukwu, for his efforts at creating the Ezeship in the diaspora, a trend he described as a great legacy for the Igbo all over the world.
In a statement, Ezekwobi recalled that in 1996 during a birthday ceremony organised by Igbo community in Ojo, Lagos, Ojukwu told his council of cabinet in Lagos to create Eze Ndigbo traditional institutions in Lagos and other parts of the country to oversee the activities of the Igbo outside Igboland.
He said in line with the directives, Igbo council of chiefs in Lagos in conjunction with Igbo community, installed Eze Ndigbo Lagos and from there the Igbo kingship outside Igbo land spread to other states, local government areas in Nigeria and to all parts of the world.
According to Ezekwobi, who would be celebrating 22 years of his kingship as Eze Igbo of Ifako Ijaye on February 11, Eze Igbo outside Igboland has helped to promote Igbo culture in the diaspora and to save Igbo culture from extinction.
On the forthcoming elections, Ezekwobi urges electorate to vote in the right people to liberate Nigeria from the shackles of bad governance.