Kohima, April 30 (MExN): “30 years ago, on this day the Nagas came to a standstill in the long struggle for independence,” Pheluopfelie Kesiezie, Convenor Phizo Graveyard (PG) Committee said in his speech commemorating the 30th death anniversary of AZ Phizo on April 30 at AZ Phizo Memorial, Kohima.
“Questions were asked, as to who will lead us, how our movement will continue, while at the same time wondering how to bring back the body of our great leader AZ Phizo to his beloved home land,” he added.
Attributing it to God’s providence which removed all hurdles and a smooth passage for his body to come to the land he belonged to for his final rest, Kesiezie said the event that followed was “not of despair, because of a foundation which he had laid, a foundation so strong that no power or weapon on earth could destroy.”
This foundation was based on love for all fellow beings, while maintaining our right to self determination, he added.
“As we gather here on this ground, we stand before a Naga leader who has made for himself not a mansion to rest, an estate to enjoy his life, nor a bank balance to help the family he had left behind, but till his last breath stood firm, and unwavering of his belief.”
Further stating that though the people “do not really know where we go from here tomorrow,” but “holding onto faith in God our Creator, we shall not let our hope die, but to live the life for which our Creator has made us for,” Kesiezie urged all to emulate in the life such as late AZ Phizo.