The traditional ruler of Amorji, Igwe Dr Titus Okolo Ezeoha 1 OF Amoji Nike Autonomous Community, told OMSNEWS what the new yam festival is all about and the ravage of covid-19 pandemic. In his statement he made us to know that it has been the tradition of the community to hold their new yam festival every year in this time of the year. He said that it is time of first fruit harvest when people who took journey of their farming season to show forth what the season has given them .He thanked the Lord for his mercy in bringing the entire community into new era of harvest season he also told OMSNEWS what the day Afo day is made for them in the entire Nike land. He said it is a respectful day in the whole land of Nike. He said that Afo is the day, the Nike people usually rest from works and pay tribute to the gods of the land. Igwe told OMSNEWS that the reason why there is no glamour in the event this year is because of covid-19 which is the order of the day in the whole world. He moved on to tell us that they are celebrating the festival under strictly measure of covid-19 observance washing of hands, social distancing and putting sanitizer in their hands as government demanded. He hailed the governor of the state, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for his effort to curtail the spread of covid-19 in the state. He gives him much kudos for how he stays sleepless night to make sure that all the state boarders are on check for in flock of people outside the state whether they are positive or not. Igwe told OMSNEWS that he and his cabinet are sensitizing the whole community to make sure they maintained NCDC and ministry of Health order in the case of covid-19. He told the youth of the community to go back to agriculture that is the order of the day in today’s economy. Igwe cleared himself by saying that our youths should move into agriculture massively because that’s what our president President Mmohamad Buhari has been campaigning for since 2015 he took over power as President and commander in chief.
In a related development, the traditional Prime Minister of Amoji Nike Community, Chief Linus Mba also said that the low key celebration of the festival is because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also told OMSNEWS that he has been taking order from Igwe on how the entire community will adhere to the strictly measure of covid-19 observance he also said that in other previous years the ceremony normally attract multitude that come enmass to celebrate with Igwe and his cabinet. But due to covid -19 every where is scanty and again there will be no maskqurade as it usually done in previous years. He also told the people that he and other cabinet members has taken much measure to find out that what they are looking for is well achieved. The president general of Amoji Nike Town Union told OMSNEWS that he has sensitized the youth on covid-19 issue since the arrival of the disease since February 2020, he said as President general it is his duty to make sure that the youths is helping the union to go into rural villages to make sure that the old women and children adhere seriously to the measures of covid-19. He also said that with the help of the traditional ruler he has ordered the youth to take measures in this new yam festival. He also said that there will be little glamour so that we will not cross boundary due to what is on the ground.