Igbo history, language to become compulsory subjects

News Sunday, September 1, 2013

The World Igbo Congress (WIC) on Saturday said the learning of Igbo history and culture would become compulsory in primary and secondary schools in Igbo speaking states of Nigeria in 2014.

WIC, at its 19th Annual Convention in Texas, USA, said the compulsory learning of Igbo history and culture was necessitated by the fact that youths of Igbo extraction were fast losing touch with Igbo language and culture.

Mr Joe Eto, Chairman of the group, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the teaching of the subjects was expected to commence by 2014 academic session.

“If you do not know your history, you face the risk of losing your identity and being misguided in handling and preserving your heritage.''

He said the books for the courses would be produced by some Igbo historians who had been authorised to do so by the group.

Eto added that WIC would liaise with state and local government administrations in Igbo speaking statesto make the books affordable and available to all schools.

On 2015 elections, the WIC chairman, urged Igbos to aspire to produce the president, saying that the group had brilliant minds to lead Nigeria.

“Other geographical zones in the country have produced presidents except the Igbo. Why will anyone say it is not now for the south east to produce the next president of Nigeria?''

He said he was dismayed by violation of the rights of Igbos, stressing that the group would continue to utilise its membership of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UNECOSOC) to solicit its assistance in arresting the problem.

According to him, the WIC members would continue to work with the UN to achieve the Igbo agitation against unwarranted killings. (NAN)


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These anti-Edo political organizations you folks went to join are the most anti-African - and Africans - in the world.

They're worse than anything; we obviously can't stop you though, even Ewuare II's manifest destiny lies in our own regional party.

We have egba Omo Oduduwa and so on, NPC, AG, the forerunner of them all NCNC and then now these cancers of today.

Stay "with them", but register for your most important election first: your local election, register Edo Political Front, and if you don't, vote the front.

No self respecting Edo will - in the future - find themselves the flag bearers and cheerleaders of foreign parties with indirect rule political and economic mandates, it just doesn't work.

No sane Edo person lives to "have the ear" of someone who doesn't have Edo at their heart.

The Supreme Court is the place to remove the frustration of these lethargic and "periodic" additions to the voting rolls; here - where I live - you can fill in the forms regarding changing your voter registration at the post office and other easy access places.

At the rate things are going we're going to find ourselves truly in decline as our populations suffer from simple things like protein deficiencies in children

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