By Ike A Offor (Editor)
There have been a lot of soul-searching and re-strategizing among Igbos both home and in diaspora on several platforms.
Among the topics that stand out in these myriads of topics are the state of development in Alaigbo, the decades of neglect by the federal government, the Biafra quest and the release of Prince Nnamdi Kanu from jail or his unlawful detention by Buhari irrespective of the court orders from his bail.
Here is the content of the communique released by Igbo leaders after the recent summit in Abia:
The World Igbo Summit took place at the Gregory University Uturu, Abia State, from 27th – 30th October, 2016. The Summit was organized to bring together the great minds of alaigbo from across the globe to dialogue and give for Igbo nation a strategic roadmap for growth and development going forward. The Summit heralded the 50-year Visioning Project initiated to strategize, document and design a roadmap for the sustainable development of Igbo nation to catalyze wealth repatriation and reinvestment in Igbo homeland by all Igbo sons and daughters in all parts of the world.
The theme of the World Igbo Summit is: Igboka – Visioning the Igbo Nation in 2066. The theme epitomizes that Ndigbo are a supreme race, a unique people, an autochthonous race and a great people of destiny whom God imbued with the manifest destiny of becoming the pride of the black race through her ingenuity, industry, dispersion, resourcefulness, creativity, hard work, honesty, perseverance and fear of God.
The meeting was co-chaired by General (Sen) Ike Nwachukwu, His Excellency Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Chief (Col.) Joe Achuzie, Chief Francis Oji and Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu. The well attended Summit has in attendance great leaders of Igbo extractions from the East and West of Igboland including Prof, Joe Irukwu, Prof George Obiozor, Prof Ihechukwu Madubuike, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, Prof Epiphany Azinge, Prof Pat Utomi, Dr Greg Ibe, Iyom Josephine Anenih, Chief Simon Nsobundu Okeke and so many other Igbo great intellectuals, professionals, businessmen, Civil society activists, gender advocates and other experts of Igbo extraction residing in different parts of the world. The Anambra State Governor Chief Willie Obiano was represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr Nkem Okeke. The Governor commended the World Igbo Summit Group and the Igbo Renaissance Centre of Gregory University Uturu for coming out with a commendable 50-years visioning project.
After a three-day deliberation the Summit resolves as follows:
1. Ndiigbo have made the biggest sacrifice and contributions to the building of the modern Nigeria and insist that henceforth will work for a Nation where the Igbo are allowed to live and operate as equal citizens without any discrimination, bias or intimidation.
2. Ndiigbo Insist that the 1999 Constitution should be repealed and a new one enacted that will recognize the inalienable right of each constituent group to self-determination and Regional autonomy as enshrined in the 1960 Independence Constitution and 1963 Republican Constitution.
3. Ndiigbo hereby resolve to take full responsibility for the rebuilding of the Igbo economy and development of Ala-Igbo and hereby shall adopt the digital economy as the organizing paradigm and implementation framework for the sustainable development of Alaigbo.
4. That in line with the recent resolution of the Southern Nigerian Peoples Assembly, the National Assembly and State Assemblies should legislate the prohibition of nomadic grazing by herdsmen and the establishment of grazing reserves and ranches with public funds. We therefore call on the National Assembly to oppose the grazing bill in both chambers.
5. That in view of the threat by the Fulani herdsmen which constitute present and imminent danger to peace and security in Igboland, the Summit called on the Igbo Governors and the States Assemblies to immediately legislate against any form of open grazing in Igbo land.
6. Since Biafran agitators are no threat to national security, the Federal Government should promptly release Nnamdi Kanu and all other prisoners of conscience in line with the rule of law.
7. The South East Governors should establish a Joint Commission for development of Ala-Igbo and be supportive of good Igbo initiatives.
8. It was further resolved that henceforth Igbo Political leadership (elected and appointed) must act in the best interest of Ndiigbo and be prepared to be held accountable by the people for all their actions and inactions.
9. We restate that the principles of Igbo Social Justice – Akulue uno, Eziokwubundu, Onyeaghana-nwaneya, Igwebuike, Ezi-afaka-ego, Egbe-bere-ugo-bere, Ako n’uche, nwanyi-bu-ife, ntorobia bu-Ike Obodo would be fully applied in our interactions among Ndiigbo and our neighbours.
10. The Summit resolved to recognize the contributions of the Ndiigbo in the Africa, Europe, the Americas, Asia etc to the achievement of our vision and committed to sharing their aspirations and challenges and we encourage them to think home and invest home.
The Summit expresses their appreciation to the Chancellor and Management of Gregory University Uturu for being a wonderful host and for their commitment to the re-engineering of Igbo growth and development through her Igbo Renaissance Center.
Long Live Igbo Nation
Long Live Federal Republic of Nigeria
Sen (Gen) Ike Nwachukwu —————-
His Excellency Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife………..
Chief(Col) Joe Achuzie………
Cjief Francis Orji……
Chief Emmaunel Iwuanyanwu……..