S/East Students Leadership Forum: Ochemba Laments Reign Of Gunmen In South-East, Sues For Peace

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By Nkechi Ojukwu

An illustrious son, business Mogul and strong  stakeholder from  Ideato South LGA of Imo State, Chief Johnpaul Ochemba has in dismay decried  what he says is “the recent fall of South-East in total darkness” as a result of  heightened  insecurity.

Ochemba lamented that it has  led to the death of many South-Eastern youths and collapse of businesses in the region, even as he solicited for peace in the area.

The  business Mogul called for the total commitment of the youths in bringing peace to the zone.

He made the call during  the occasion of receiving an Integrity Award from a  student body; the South East Students Leadership Forum.

Addressing them, Ochemba  reminded them that, “youths are future leaders and that their  future starts now, adding that youths should portrait  good character of future leaders.

“I am surprised that it’s only in the  South-East that youths do not have regard and respect for their elders and leaders”.

He therefore  advised them to emulate their counterparts in other regions of Nigeria  to respect and obey leaders for them to receive the maximum support from the leaders when the need arises, charging  to use the Union to canvas for peace in the zone.

Ochemba, admonished them not to allow themselves to be used by  politicians to disrupt government and involved in social devices, because, “those answering unknown gunmen in Imo state and South-East are youths and are only to destabilize the government, killings, dislodging  people, destabilizing the entire States of the South East with the  total collapse of the economy, thereby creating massive unemployment of the youths.

The business  Entrepreneur  expressed gratitude for being  honoured by the Students Organization and thanked them for the gesture, even as he urged them  to utilized the Union to build their career and future so as to be more  useful to the society,assuring  them of his maximum support.

The group led by its President, Prince Jerry Okafor, while presenting the award, made it clear  that the award which they termed  ” Leadership Icon of the Year,as well as Most Friendly Students Leader of the Year”, was based purely on merit and that investigations they carried out about Johnpaul Ochemba warranted them to honoured with the award and were convinced and delighted that the Union made the right choice. They described him as the virtue of simplicity and accessibility on that stand most suitable for the award.

The Union  President Jerry Okafor, who was a former Students Union Government (SUG) President  of Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu, Alike Ikwuo (A_E FUNA), regretted that the Union hardly receive financial support and otherwise  from the leaders of South Eastern states, especially when they go for  national events.

He gave instance of how the South East Students were shortchanged and deprived of  the position of Deputy Senate President at the Convention of the National  Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), in Abuja  in 2022.

Okafor further hinted that the Group selected only two personalities with integrity from each of the South Eastern States for the award, even as he explained  that  Ochemba and  Mrs Ruby Emele happened to be selected respectively for the award from Imo State.

The students delegation  thereafter  solicited the total support of Johnpaul Ochemba.


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