Success story of Izzi Unuphu Community Youth Movement in Abakaliki


             Comrade Victor Chidi Nwoke.

By Victor Nwegede

The National President of Izzi Unuphu Community Youth Movement and Coordinating President of all communities and villages youth Presidents in Izzi Clan in Ebonyi State, Comrade  Victor Chidi Nwoke, has recounted his achievements in office in the year 2020 and expressed optimism to do more in 2021.

This was contained in his end year message to his people made available to newsmen by the President in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.

Part of his achievements in 2020 included the award of scholarship to four Indigenous students from the villages which make up the community in higher institutions.

The beneficiaries included Ogbaga Amobi of Achara Unuphu in Department of Mechantronics Federal University Otuoke, Mbam Nkemefuna Lucy, Nkaliki Unuhu in Deparment of Agric Economics and Extension Ebonyi State University Abakaliki, Okemini Ejiofor P, Agbaja Unuhu in Department of Accountancy Ebonyi State University Abakaliki and Agbara Chinedu Sylvania, Inyimegu Unuhu Department of Civil Engineering Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo, through the help of the member representing Abakaliki North State Constituency, Chief Mrs Franca C. Okpo.

The Izzi Unuphu President added that his leadership contributed to the election of the traditional ruler of the community, HRH Eze Boniface Nwamgbu whom will soon be coronated. 

The community youth movement under his watch also created sources of income which without the  COVID-19 pandemic and EndSARS protest, would have given scholarship to more youths. 

Nwoke described Izzi Unuphu Community Youth as "the foremost community youth movement in Ebonyi State and Nigeria at large," that accommodates the capital city of the state. 

In his end year message, Nwoke appreciated the good people of Izzi Unuphu especially the youths, those at home and in the diaspora and also wished them God's continuous protection and blessings as they are entering the year 2021. 

"I see it as a privilege to stand today as the National President of Izzi Unuphu Community Youth Movement to thank God Almighty on your behalf for His mercy to live in the land of the living till now. We will see the end of this year.

"Promisingly, we started this year until the outbreak of COVID-19 was announced and we thought it was government plan to embezzle money. But we later discovered it was real and we experienced what we do hear about ie curfew, lockdown etc. To God be the glory at the end of September it started reducing. 

"As we were celebrating the reduction of COVID-19 wave, the EndSARS came which allowed the peaceful protesters make their demands, it also created opportunity for bad eggs to destroy government and private properties thereby causing mayhem in our community, state and nation. This took another two months.

'We thank God as a community that the COVID-19 and EndSARS didn't take any of us.

"Unfortunately, we are beginning to hear another phase of COVID-19 in some parts of our country.

"Based on the current situation, the executive has cancelled our cultural day/ end of year celebration 29th December 2020.

 "I plead with my people to avoid large crowd, embrace social distancing, to use nose masks, use hand sanitizers and Wash hands often. Locally, you can steam twice daily, take more of fresh natural foods, apply all the preventive measures enunciated by health authorities.

"The pandemic will go the way the first one went in Jesus name Amen.

"Let us live life Worthy of emulation to enable our neighboring communities give us expected support to actualize our dreams. Let us also keep our eyes on the ball always, be vigilant, be prayerful.

"Come 29th December 2021, our cultural day/end of year celebration will be a world class.

"God in his infinite mercy, despite the challenges of 2020 has been kind to us as a community."

Further, the President extended his heart of gratitude to the leaders of the state, for their impactful  policies and programmes since assumed office and pleaded them to carry his community along like Hausa and Yoruba Communities as the state capital city's host community.


"I, thank His Excellencies, the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi and wife, the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief Eric Kelechi Igwe and wife. My dear brother, the Right Honourable Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Chief Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru. These men changed the story of our community from dust of the nation to Best City in Nigeria. I plead with them to always carry us along as the capital city's host community the way you carry along Hausa community and Yoruba community in all government functions," he stated.   

He cautioned his people to shun cultism, drug abuse, kindred dicotomy and other negative tendencies against one another, praying that the year 2021 would be   more fruitful than 2020.

He also advised all and sundry to enjoy responsibly by never get too excited, spending with future in the mind and to remember the needies during the yuletide.

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