His Royal Highness, Eze Okezie Chikere Akwiwu, the Eze-elect of Ogwuaga Abba Autonomous Community in Nwangele Local Government Area of Imo State has stressed the need to institutionalize Igbo language in schools to avoid its likely extinction.
This was stated on Sunday, 30th August 2020 by the monarch shortly after his emergence as the traditional ruler of the community through an election in which Ogwuaga indigenes voted to select their Eze.
Eze Okezie Chikere Akwiwu believes that the Igbo language, as well as other norms which have formed the identity of the Igbos, should be held in high esteem.
Eze Okozie Chikere Akwiwu lamented that the Igbo language had been taken off the students’ academic curriculum in most schools, expressing fear of its extinction.
“One of my cardinal duties as the new traditional ruler of Abba community is to ensure that our tradition is reinvigorated and the people are empowered economically through skill acquisition programs.
“Our people should add value to our tradition because it is our only identity. Look at the Yorubas and Hausas; they don’t joke with their language, he said.
“Igbo is rich in tradition. Let us all join hands together to save our tradition from collapse,” he added.
Eze Ohazurumee and Ohamadik the second further advised his subjects to join the campaign of projecting the Igbo culture and tradition to reclaiming its enviable position in the international community.
The monarch reiterated his commitment to revitalizing those aspects of Igbo culture and tradition, which are consilient with Christian faith but had been abandoned over the years.