Uphold the Naga identity and promote oneness: Dr. Nicky
Our Principal Correspondent
Kohima, November 1
The Kohima Village Youth Organisation (KVYO) today celebrated glorious 25 years of existence with Minister of Forest, Ecology, Environment and Wildlife, Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire as the chief guest at Ziekezou.
In his speech, Dr. Nicky while stressing on the identity of Naga people, opined that once out of Nagaland, every Naga should identify themselves as a Naga and not according to their tribe. This, he said, would help in upholding the Naga identity and also bring about oneness among the Naga people.
Dr. Nicky also suggested that Nagas should change their eating habits from what is tasty to which is healthier and also indulge in exercise so have a healthy life.
Maintaining that unity amongst the four khels or sectors of Kohima village is a must to build up better understanding and cooperation, he said youths are the future of the society and therefore challenged KVYO to live up to its motto “Unity and Strength”. He also called upon KVYO not to celebrate the occasion with merry making and feasting but adopt resolution for future course of action.
Expressing concern on the increased cases of Kohima villagers indulging in sale of land, he cautioned them to be careful lest one day the land owners may have to stay in rented house in their own land.
Further expressing that Naga girls have been doing better than boys in all spheres of life, he said it should be a wake-up call for the boys to perform better.
Kohima Village Council chairman, Neivor Rutsa and first president of KVYO Menuovilie Kesiezie also exhorted the gathering.
Earlier, on arrival, the chief guest unveiled the jubilee monolith with pastor of BRC Kohima Rev. Keduokinyü Dzüvichü offering the dedicatory prayer. He also released the KVYO jubilee souvenir.
Compered by Vilakuolie Mere and Menuosenuo Tseikha, the celebration commenced with senior pastor of CRC AG Colony, Rev. Khriezetuo Keretsü saying the invocation. KVYO president Ketounei Kire delivered the presidential address, while special songs were presented by Cultural Promotion Society and Viriezhünuo. KVYO vice president Medovilhoulie Tsiekha tendered the vote of thanks.
Parliamentary Secretary, Kropol Vitsu, Angami Public Organisation president, K. Neingunyu Sekhose, DC Kohima, W. Honje Konyak and his colleagues also joined the celebration which was marked by jubilee feast, tug-of-war and jubilee music fest.