By G9ija

The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohaneze Ndigbo, has urged youths in the country to continue to  promote peace and oneness that would bring the desired change in the country.

The National Youth Leader of the group, Mr Damian Okafor, made the remarks during a ceremony to celebrate his new position as the leader of the youth wing of Ohaneze on Sunday in Ishiagu, Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi.

Okafor noted that the importance of peace and oneness to national development could not  be over-emphasised.

He pledged that his major focus in his new position would be youth development.

Okafor also urged the people to support good policies that would move not only Ivo, Ebonyi, Igbo forward, but Nigeria at large.

“As a new leader, l will work hard and support government policies to ensure that every factor facing the youth become things of the past.

“I pray God for wisdom to carry on. My advice to the youth is to work towards strengthening the unity of Nigeria and oneness.

”Nigeria is one and we will continue to preach such and the youth must be librated.

“I thank our governor, David Umahi, on his support, the Igbo leaders,  youths in general for choosing me as their leader and  the Ivo Local Government Chairman,” he said.

In his remark, Gov. David Umahi, represented by the Chairman of Ivo Local Government, Mr Onyebuchi Ogbadu, described unity and peace as key to sustainable development.

Umahi  used the opportunity to thank the southeastern states for their support  in ensuring  that someone from Ebonyi emerged as Ohaneze national youth leader.

Also speaking, Mr Okechukwu Okorie, Assistant Treasurer, Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Wing, said they would continue to work as a team for national development.

The event also featured award presentation to the national youth leader for his loyalty and commitment to service of humanity.