The Apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday lambasted its Youth Wing for allegedly giving its President-General, Dr Nnia Nwodo, a seven-day ultimatum, saying the action was not only a sacrilege but a display of youthful rascality.
The Youth Wing, in a statement allegedly signed by President-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and Secretary General, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, called on Ndigbo to rise and stop Nwodo before he commits political suicide that would burn the hands and identities of Ndigbo.
They urged articulate youths and wise elders, as well as technocrats to rise up to rescue Ohanaeze Ndigbo from Nwodo’s clique and save the Igbo nation from political suicide.
“Imagine, out of 24-man executives of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Nwodo uses an illegal organ of Forum of States’ Presidents against the Constitution of Ohanaeze to subdue, intimidate and humiliate other Ohanaeze Ndigbo executives members,” the statement said.
But the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze, Chief Chuck Ibegbu, said: “ They do not have the powers to summon the President General to a Disciplinary Committee. That amounts to youthful rascality. How can a child summon or discipline his father? That is an abomination in African culture. That shows the level of degeneration in this generation of youths.
“They lack discipline, respect and you know what the Bible says about those who disrespect their fathers. Ironically, tomorrow they want to be fathers. That is rascality in the highest order and we don’t tolerate that in African culture.”
Asked whether there was a crisis in the group, Ibegbu said: “There is no crisis in Ohanaeze. The youths cannot fight their elders. The Youth Wing of Ohanaeze was disbanded by the last administration and when we came up and tried to see what their problems were. We found out that there were lots of misdemeanours.”
“They were behaving arrogantly outside the provisions of the Ohanaeze constitution. So the Imeobi of Ohanaeze met last November and dissolved the Youths’ Wing and Women’s Wing. They are preparing for elections in the next few weeks.”
He insisted that there was no crisis whatsoever in the group and expressed confidence in the leadership of its President General.
“We have great confidence in the leadership of Dr Nwodo. We are all intact. In the next few weeks, there will be the election of the wings where a new leadership will emerge.
“As it were, our group is irrevocably committed to its mission and core mandate – to serve the Igbo nation with our might and strength. We are committed to equity, justice and fairness among all ethnic groups in Nigeria. We are irrevocably committed to the restructuring of Nigeria.” (New Telegraph)