The traditional ruler of Obi Orodo and Chairman of Imo Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Samuel Ohiri has commended Governor Emeka Ihedioha for his decision to legalize the use of Igbo language in schools in Imo State, describing the decision as a right step in the right direction. Eze Ohiri made the commendation while speaking to newsmen in Owerri, capital of Imo State, on Monday, July 22, 2019. The traditional ruler therefore called on the State’s lawmakers to give prompt attention to the proposition and legalize the use of indigenous languages in schools in the state.
His words: “”Indigenous languages are God-given and should be compulsory especially in primary and secondary schools for the sake of the younger generation. We urge lawmakers to legalize the use of indigenous languages because our children should be fluent and language which is the most fundamental aspect of our culture must not be allowed to die.” He added: “The traditional institution in Imo fully supports the state governor in his rebuilding efforts and we urge him to plead with the state’s lawmakers to expedite action so as to ensure the legalization of Igbo language in schools “.
While urging the governor to plead with Imo Assembly members so as to ensure smooth and quick passage of the bill, the chief custodian of Imo culture further pledged to support the rebuilding efforts of the administration of Governor Ihedioha on grassroots security and implementation of government policies in rural areas.