Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji on Friday at a civic reception in honour of the former Managing Director of Diamond Bank Plc, Dr Alex Otti, called on Nigerians to pray for the country before the 2015 general election.
Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji
The governor, who urged Nigerians to pray for peace and unity said: “We should pray for the continued corporate existence of Nigeria so that the 2015 general election will be held in a peaceful atmosphere.”
Orji while commending Otti for his humanitarian services, described the former managing director as a good man, and went ahead to urged well-meaning Nigerians to use their God-given positions to affect the lives of others in order for people to speak well of them.
Speaking also at the ceremony, the traditional ruler of Okohia Autonomous Community, Eze Okechukwu Ananaba, revealed that the reception was organised to appreciate Otti’s remarkable contributions to the development of Ngwaland for the past 25 years.
Ananaba, who also doubles as the spokesperson of the traditional rulers, pointed out that Otti excelled in his banking career and used his innovations at Diamond Bank as example.
Responding, the former bank manager commended the traditional rulers for honouring him with such reception.
Otti was later conferred with the chieftaincy title of ‘’Ugwu Ngwa 1 of Ngwaland’’ which means; the pride of Ngwaland.
Alex Otti graduated from the University of Port Harcourt with a First Class Honours Degree in Economics in 1988. He subsequently received an MBA from the University of Lagos in 1994. At the University of Port Harcourt, he was the best graduating student in the Department of Economics and won the subject prize.
He was also the best graduating student in the Faculty of Social Sciences and won the Dean’s Prize, as well as the overall Best Graduating Student for the Year and Valedictorian. He started his banking career with Nigeria International Bank Limited, a subsidiary of Citibank N.Y. in 1989 where he worked in the Operations Department.
Nigeria’s first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan, was represented at the occasion by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Mrs Precious Gbeneol.
Other dignitaries at the event include; Mr Peter Obi, the former Governor of Anambra State, Igwe Alfred Achebe, the Obi of Onitsha, the former Chief of Army Staff, retired Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, as well as Dr Walter Ofonagoro, the former Minister of Information.
The reception was organised by the Federation of All Traditional Rulers of Ngwa at Umueleghele in Isiala Ngwa South Local Government Area.
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