The Daura Emirate Council in Katsina State has turbaned the former Imo State governor and Senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha, as the Magan Alheri Hausa (the Great Giver of the Hausa Land) in recognition of his contributions to the education of indigent children in Northern parts of the country.
The Council also disclosed that the former Imo governor was honoured for his unwavering support for President Muhamamadu Buhari’s administration.
Daura is the hometown of President Buhari.
Okorocha, who holds other chieftaincy titles for his free education programme in the North, was turbaned at the Palace of the Emir of Daura, Umar Farouk, during a private visit at the weekend.
His wife, Nneoma Rochas Okorocha was also bestowed with the title of Zinnariya Hausa (Golden Mum of Hausa).
Defending the choice of the Senator for the revered title, the Palace spokesman, Danejin Daura, said Okorocha was turbaned for his immense contribution to the development of education in Northern Nigeria.
In his words, “in recognition of your unwavering support to our son President Muhamamadu Buhari and your contributions to the development of every nook and cranny of our country and North through your free education programme, the Daura Emirate Council hereby bestow on you the title of Magan Alheri Hausa, do accept our highest regard.”
Responding, Okorocha thanked the Emirate for the honour, adding that the title will propel him to continue to address the plight of the indigent and vulnerable persons irrespective of their tribe or religion.
He said the Rochas Foundation College, a tuition-free school will remain committed to tackling the problem of out-of-school children in the North and other parts of the country.
The Senator enjoined other privileged Nigerians to give succour to the needy through investment in free education and other interventions.
Meanwhile, hosting a delegation from the New Nigeria and pld students of the Rochas Foundation College, who paid him visit to congratulate on the honour, at the Unity House Abuja, Okorocha urged Nigerians to promote the virtues that will secure the country’s unity.
According to him, “the nation that want to be united and remain united must love each other and the leaders must extend the hands of friendship across borderline. But it is unfortunate that the foundation of this country was laid wrongly. The foundation was laid on the basis of divide and rule and that was what we inherited from the colonial masters without direction. And it is our generation that must fix it.”
He continued that, “Rochas Foundation today is established in all zones of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Igbos, Yorubas and Hausa. Now, Suleman’s best friends are Igbos, the gentleman that just spoke now, the President, and I see them. It is already there in Imo State, now those from the west also, and from the North, they interact because a proper foundation through Rochas Foundation was laid. Now these children will grow up learning to love each other. None of the children from Rochas Foundation will see each other as coming from the East, West or North or belonging to one religion or ethnic group, but one Nigeria. This is a foundation that was not laid, and if you don’t have love in your heart, you can’t go beyond your family.
“So we must promote activities that unite this country. Rochas Foundation is one key example and I don’t know why I should treat a Northerner different from Easterner. Is either you have a small brain those who think about section or you don’t think right. So in the interest of unity of this country, leaders must extend hands of fellowship across the border line.
“This will help, again, some of our leaders don’t have any relationship other than political relationship with other part of the country. So they see Nigeria as being only where they come from, that is where largeness of heart comes in, this is why we have the problem that we have. Now, for me Rochas Okorocha, I have properties in Plateau, Kano, Sokoto, Adamawa, Zaria, Ibadan, Cross River and Enugu, so I have interest. But when you don’t have interest any where except the state where you come from, even if other states are burning, you don’t care because you have nothing to loose.
“I have children from Sokoto, Kano Jigawa, Kastina, Enugu, Owerri, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Lagos, Osun and Niger. There is no local government area in Nigeria where you don’t have Rochas Foundation. So I have interest and there is no difference between these my adopted children and my biological children, when you see us together, you will understand what I am talking about. I think new leaders must learn to extend brotherhood and frontiers of friendship by establishing in different part of the country.
“Today I make bold to say that the only ethnic group that have shown sign of practical examples in uniting Nigeria are the Igbo. Because there is no village that you go without finding an Igbo man. I wish we can find Yorubas all over, Hausas all over, Fulanis all over, this issues will not come in. Again there is so much communication gap between our various ethnic groups and poverty which makes you look for who has offended you and who has not offended you. So this are some of the issues we are going to be dealing with.”
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