About 600 indigent populace of the 17 villages in Ihechiowa, Arochukwu L.G.A, of Abia State danced the David in the Holy Bible on Monday, December 28, 2020, as Eze Linus Nto Mbah, the traditional ruler of Ata-Igbo Ukwu Autonomous Community, Umuzomgbo, distributed palliatives to them.
The list of palliatives include bags of rice, tubers of yam, bags of salt, cartons of tomato pastes, fish heads (Okporoko), cartons of instant noodles wrappers, clothes, cartons of maggi cube seasoning, cash and other take away.
In his speech during the event which took place in his compound, Eze Mbah who went down memory lane to recalled the rough/rugged path he passed through on his way, growing up, appreciated God for using him to wipe away tears and put smiles on most households.
His words, “It gives me a great joy with my family, to identify with the indigents, destitute, widows, disabled and orphans in their sufferings and predicaments. Each time I organize this occasion, as I have done yearly for the past three years, I feel satisfied, that God who in His mercy has made me what I am today; is using me to wipe tears away from the helpless and hopeless in my town, Ihechiowa and Isu Clans and beyond; to give them sense of livelihood by alleviating their sufferings and afflictions”.
The royal father seized the opportunity to educate the beneficiaries on the need to stay safe in this pandemic era, especially as the Coronavirus enters a second wave which is devastating.
“I need to tell you that Coronavirus is real. Medical experts are informing us that the second wave of the COVID-19 is more dangerous than the first wave. Therefore, stay safe and abide with the government rules on how to avoid contacting the virus such as wearing face mask, regular washing of hands with soaps under running water, sanitizing your hands with alcohol based sanitizer, avoid shaking of hands, observe social distancing and staying at home as much as possible.
By the grace of God, we will all survive the COVID-19 pandemic”, Eze Mbah optimistically said.
Speaking also, the Deputy Minority Whip and member representing Arochukwu State Constituency, Hon. Mike Ukoha lauded the humanitarian/philanthropic gestures of Eze Mbah and described the programme as superb.
He promised to collaborate with the traditional ruler in the future enablement programmes of Eze Mbah.
Some of the beneficiaries, Orie Kalu Ufe, Nkwachi Otisi, Mgbokwo Kalu Okoro, and Elizabeth Torty appreciated God for blessing them with a king with gold/meek heart and prayed God to grant him and his entire household sound health and peace of mind.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.