Kano Igbo to host monarchs outside own land
By Salisu Baso
Arrangement has reached advanced stage for the Igbo Community Association (ICA) of Kano State to host Igbo traditional titleholders and their cultural entertainers outside Igbo land in the name of Offala Cultural Festival 2019 and commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Ndi-Igbo of Kano, His Highness Igwe (Dr.) Boniface Ibekwe (Ije 1) Ezedioranna.
The chairman of the Offala Committee and Vice President ICA in the state, Chief Godwin Ufomba disclosed this to The Triumph in Kano, saying that already committees were set up to organize the programme scheduled to hold on June 30, adding that preparation has gone far, stating that all invited guests from the North and beyond have responded positively to attend the grand occasion.
He further said adequate security has been arranged to ensure peace and tranquility during the occasion, adding that the committee has paid a courtesy visits to all security outfits in the state seeking cooperation and understanding during the two-day celebration.
Chief Ufomba therefore commended he state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and his wife, Dr. Hafsat Ganaduje for their support and cooperation to the community. According to Secretary-General of the Kano Offala 2019 celebration Committee, Comrade Chukwu George, the occasion was in view of the tremendous achievements recoded in uniting the Igbo community in the state by the Igwe, ( Dr.) Boniface Ibekwe.
He further said the occasion was also to mark the end of the leadership conflicts among the community in the state among other things.
The secretary said all the traditional and opinion leaders in Igbo land are expected to attend the occasion and the state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, being an Igbo traditional titleholder of the Agunechemba 1 of Igbo land and his wife Dr. Hafsat Ganduje, the mother of Distinction, are among the special guests at the event. Comrade George added that the Igbo have about four hundred communities in the six states in the federation that are under one umbrella.