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NNC/FGN pays tribute to AZ Phizo on his death anniversary

By Menuse-O Max Khieya Updated: Apr 30, 2024 9:51 pm
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Participants paying tribute at AZ Phizo’s gravesite on his 34th death anniversary in Kohima on Tuesday. (EM Images)

KOHIMA — The 34th death anniversary of AZ Phizo, revered as the father of Naga nation, was observed at Phizo Hill in Kohima on Tuesday.

Pheluofhelie Kesiezie, convenor of the Phizo Graveyard Committee, delivering a eulogy, reflected on Phizo’s legacy and remarked that he rests in a plot of land not his own, yet embraced by all as his rightful domain. Stating that Phizo did not possess any land, Kesiezie however stated that he commanded immense respect and prestige among many.

“He has no bank balance, a currency he does not covet. Yet he lives in the heart of his people for whom he sacrificed his dear life,” he said, epitomising a humble and austere leadership of the Naga nationalist leader.

Noting that Phizo might not possess personal wealth, yet he enriched the lives of others, facilitating prosperity among his people and enabling them to have homes, stated Kesiezie. He added that Phizo tirelessly traversed Nagaland by visiting nearly every village.

The convenor highlighted that although Phizo faced opposition from adversaries who forced him into exile, he found support from strangers.

“He is fine but even closer to everyone’s heart. Such was a man called Zapu Phizo, hated by his enemies, but without doubt, respected by them. He shall ever remain as a true leader by his people called Nagas,” said Kesiezie.

Rev. Dr. Rachülie Vihienuo, executive director of the Angami Baptist Church Council (ABCC), offered blessings during the event. He spoke on Phizo’s role in instilling hope and aspirations among his people, guiding their nation forward.

Rev. Vihienuo led the prayer in remembrance of Phizo and other leaders who dedicated their lives for the nation. He also prayed for unity and healing in the land.

Representatives from the Naga National Council (NNC), Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN) along with others paid their respect by laying wreaths at Phizo’s gravesite.

Special musical performances were presented by the Union Baptist Church (UBC), Kohima, and Lidi Kro-u from Kohima village during the solemn occasion.

Kolezo Chase, spokesperson of NNC, while narrating on the history of the formation of NNC and FGN, told Eastern Mirror about the Nagas’ desire for freedom and autonomy from outside interference, particularly from India.

Recounting about the formation of the Naga National Council (NNC) on February 2, 1946 and the Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN) on March 22, 1956, Chase affirmed that “some factions formed afterward were seen as proxies for India with India using both covert and overt operations to influence Nagas politically and trying to confuse them with the talk of political solution.”

He reiterated the desire of Nagas to be free and not influenced by outside forces, expressing a sentiment of wanting India to leave Nagaland’s land so that Nagas and Indians can live as good neighbors.

By Menuse-O Max Khieya Updated: Apr 30, 2024 9:51:51 pm
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