Leaders of Igbo youth groups under the auspices of Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) have expressed gratitude to Imo State governor, Sen. Hope Uzodinma for his willingness to offset the burial cost of late lady Janet Okwaraji, mother of late Green Eagles football star, Samuel Okwaraji.
The youth leaders while describing the gesture as a welcomed development said the governor has once again reinforced the people’s confidence in his administration as people oriented.
In a release on Saturday signed by Hon. Goodluck Egwu Ibem and Comrade Kanice Igwe, the President and Secretary General respectively, COSEYL said the promise is a democracy day gift to the bereaved family, adding that Sen. Uzodinma has shown that patriotism is appreciated.
They also took a swipe at past administrations for not honouring the late matriarch and others who have brought honour to the State.
“Successive government before him did not find it fit to honor her heroes and heroines who distinguished themselves in their various fields of endeavors who are indigenes of the State.
“It is a thing of joy to remember those who made positive contributions to the progress and growth if their fatherland. Okwaraji brought honor and respect to Imo state and Nigeria at large. He paid the ultimate price during his service to his country and it is heartwarming to hear of a plan to honor his sacrifice and service.
“We call on the federal government, Ebonyi State governor and Chairman South East governors forum, Governor David Nweze Umahi, governor of Enugu State, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the governor of Anambra State, Governor Willie Obiano, the governor of Abia State, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Senators, federal house members and honourable members of the state houses of Assembly, Igbo illustrious sons and well meaning Nigerians to emulate Governor Hope Uzodinma who have taken a bold step to honor a Samuel Okwaraji’s service to his country 33 years ago.
“The government and its representatives must understand that appreciating its citizens who have distinguish themselves in their various callings and have brought honor to their country is the sure way to encourage patriotism and promote national growth.
“Our youths of today must be made to know that it pays to render selfless service to your country and being patriotic to their fatherland pays even when you are no more” the release concluded.