By Jon Egie

 

Dr Otive Igbuzor receiving a plaque of honour from Dr Itedjere on behalf of Emonu people as his wife, Dr Ejiro Igbuzor, on his left, smiles.

The old age saying that a prophet is not honoured at home was defied by Dr Otive Igbuzor who is the Chief of Staff to the Deputy President of the Senate, HE, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege; Saturday, December 14, 2019 when the entirety of indigenes of Emonu community, home and abroad, rolled out drums to celebrate one of their own.

The event which was organized by Emonu indigenes also gave recognition to five other indigenes but Dr Igbuzor was the magnet that pulled the mammoth crowd from across the country to the sleeping village of Emonu-Orogun.

Among others who got recognition were: Dr Felix Money, Chief Austin Enudi, Dr Philip Itedjere, Dr F.e Akporugo and Mrs Mary Avwenayeri (late).

On behalf of the organizers, Mr Akpodubrai Philip informed that the indigenes of the community across the globe recognized the celebrants for their personal achievements and contributions to the development of the community.

Taking the shine of the day, Dr Igbuzor in his response expressed gratitude to his kith and kin saying he was humbled by the honour and pointed out that the Emonu people have reversed the old saying that a prophet is not without honour except by his own people.

“This honour has defied the popular saying that a prophet is not honoured at home. As you all know, this is my home.”

As a social activist of international repute and a politician who believes in justice, peace and zero tolerance to corruption, Igbuzor said his integrity influenced large followership and support to the APC in the recent general elections. He expressed gratitude to Senator Ovie Omo-Agege for appointing him as his Chief of Staff and pleaded with his own not to judge him by the wealth he could use his office to acquire but the extent he would go to ensure that Senator Ovie Omo-Agege succeeded in his office as Deputy President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“If you make any demand on me and I do not do it, please know that is not deliberate. I am indeed impressed by this show of love, it is unprecedented, Never in my life have I been so honoured and I promise never to disappoint you” Igbuzor said.