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Anti-open Grazing: Ohanaeze Hails Enugu Assembly For The Law, Cautions Hope Uzodinma |The Republican News

By Emmanuel Uzodinma

Youth wing of apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has hailed the Enugu State House of Assembly over the passage of the anti-open grazing bill into law.

DAILY POST had reported that the lawmakers during plenary on Thursday passed the bill after it scaled through third reading.h

In a statement made available to journalists by the President-General of OYC, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, he said the lawmakers had won the hearts of the people.

The youth group said leadership was all about listening to the voice of the people and that the state lawmakers had shown themselves to be true representatives of the masses.

“We are delighted with this big September gift from the Enugu State House of Assembly. The passage of this bill just at the exact time of the September deadline given by the Southern Governors is an indication that we have credible men and women in that parliament.

“The entire Igbo youths are saluting their courage, their boldness and forthrightness in handling that very critical assignment. They have written their names in history books and posterity will judge them fairly,” he said.

Okwu also lauded Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi over the passage of the bill, stressing that “we have in His Excellency a Governor that is a man of the people. He has scored another great goal and for that reason the entire youths and residents of Enugu State are with him.

“We assure him of our unflinching support to his administration.”

The OYC President-General, however, said they were still cautioning Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State to stop playing politics with the lives of people.

The group said, “any further life lost in the hands of marauding herdsmen in Imo State will be required from his hand. Imo State is part of Southern Nigeria, Imo State is an Igbo State and they can’t operate in isolation simply because of political exigency.

“No political ambition or office should be equated with human life. Ndigbo have suffered enough in the hands of the killer herdsmen and the time to end it is now.” (Daily Post)

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2023: The Igbo Can And Will Produce Nigeria’s Next President, Ohanaeze Youth Responds To Ogunlewe |The Republican News

Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo

The former minister for Works, Mr Adeseye Ogunlewe made once again a controversial statement that the Igbo cannot produce the next president claiming that they’re not united.

Previously, the President General of Ohanaeze, Prof. George Obiozor has addressed this issue and mocked the idea that the Igbo had to be united to produce the next president and asked if the same was demanded from others who have produced presidents.

Anyway, the deputy executive youth leader of Ohanaeze, Onwuasoanya C.C. Jones has in this press statement addressed the former minister.

PRESS STATEMENT!

IGBOS CAN AND WILL PRODUCE NIGERIA’S NEXT PRESIDENT!

ATTENTION: CHIEF KINGSLEY ADESEYE OGUNLEWE

Former Minister of Works and APC chieftain, Adeseye Ogunlewe has been variously quoted on different media reports as having claimed that Igbos will not be able to produce Nigeria’s President because of their failure to invest appropriately in Party politics. The former Senator reportedly made these claims when he appeared as a guest on Arise TV’ ‘The Morning Show’ earlier today, Wednesday, 11th August, 2021.

Among many wild, flippant and unprovable assertions peddled against the Igbo by the elder statesman is that; we (Igbos) “have the problem of leadership”. This denigrating falsehood is one blackmail against Ndigbo that tribal champions like Adeseye have always deployed as a sort of disparaging epithet against the Igbo. Honourable Adeseye is intelligent and should be in tune with history enough to know that the Igbos’ republican bent is not the same as being a people that have a problem of leadership. Ndigbo have and accept the right set of leadership, at different cadres in our traditional Igbo society. Like every enlightened and politically aware society, Ndigbo have among them; individuals who question the leadership provided by those at the helm of Igbo sociocultural, political and religious leadership, at various times. That is evidence of a people with vibrant leadership and not problematic leadership. It is only in a colony of dunces that the leadership class is not ever called to question, and Ndigbo will not apologize for being conscious, intellectual and industrious enough not to allow the leadership class to get away with every action and decision without questions from the people.

Another argument advanced by Chief Adeseye against Ndigbo is that we have not invested enough in the political structure of political Parties. According to him; No person from the Southeast has been able to show ‘seriousness’ in the presidency by mounting a nationwide campaign and showing capacity to influence the structure of the Party.

This is one falsehood that is both cheap and debasing to the personality of Chief Adeseye, even though we understand that he is on a ‘job’ to advance the selfish agenda of some group of politicians who believe that the only way they can thrash the “Nigerian Charter of Equity,” which squarely places the right to the presidency on the doorsteps of Ndigbo of Southeast, is by propagating falsehood against Ndigbo and attempting to mutilate history. Let me quickly make it clearly that Ndigbo of the Southeast have more than 1,000, 000 eminently qualified, financially capable and politically equipped to vie for and win the Nigerian presidency, at the next election. The only thing that will rob us of this chance is political injustice.

Igbo politicians are at the helm of the two major political Parties in Nigeria, and except, the injustice being currently rehearsed by Adeseye and his sponsors is allowed to succeed, Ndigbo should be able to comfortably determine the shape and outlook of the structures of not just the two major political Parties, but that of any political Party in Nigeria, at the moment. However, Ndigbo are also not interested in hijacking power, but believe that no matter who is in charge of these structures, we will have to engage every section of the country and reach beneficial understanding in order to produce the next President.

As a Senator, elected on the platform of the defunct Alliance for Democracy, Adeseye is aware that his kinsman, former President Olusegun Obasanjo did not have access to any political structure in this country, when he came out of prison and was practically piggybacked to the presidency by a combination of Southeast and Northern Nigeria support. It is on record that President Obasanjo’s presidency was a product of political concession by the Southeast especially, and other parts of Nigeria, on the basis of the principle of equity and fairness.

Therefore, even if there is no Igbo of the Southeast with the capacity and political spread to influence political Party structures and leadership, it behoves on leaders like Adeseye, who by his natural age and political experiences, qualifies eminently as an elder statesman, to be at the forefront of the campaign for all Nigerians to unite behind Igbo presidential candidates across all the registered political Parties, especially, given that he had conceded that Ndigbo are “so endowed”.

And;

If our concern is to elect competent, endowed, patriotic, honest and adequately endowed person as President, then, you can find them in excess among the Igbos of the Southeast.

If our interest is in keeping to justice, fair play and the principle of equity, then, there is no better place to elect the next President of Nigeria from, than the Southeast of Nigeria.

If we want Nigeria to be rescued from her current and seemingly inscrutable challenges, we must elect our next President from among the most endowed tribe in this country, and in the words of Chief Adeseye, that tribe is the Igbo of Southeast.

Therefore, I charge Chief Adeseye and other eminent Nigerian statesmen and patriots to align, for the sake of justice, equity, and national progress, behind the project to produce a competent, nationalistic and honest Nigerian President of Igbo extraction.

Signed,
Onwuasoanya FCC Jones
Deputy National Youth Leader,
Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide.
11th August, 2021.

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JUST IN: Ohanaeze Hails Nigerian Army For Restoring Peace In South East |The Republican News

by Victor Ndubuisi

President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide Ambassador George Obiozo has commended the Nigerian Army for its role in restoring peace to South East Region.

He made the commendation in Enugu when he hosted the General Officer Commanding 82 Division, Maj Gen Taoreed Lagbaja on a courtesy visit on Wednesday.

Ambassador Obiozo expressed his delight for the visit saying “without peace nations cannot progress and without the Armed Forces, we will have more problems. They are the pillars of Nigeria’s unity.”

He described the Nigerian Army among “the best in Africa”. He calls on troops to continue to do their best to ensure peace and security nationwide.

Responding, the General Officer Commanding described Ohanaeze Ndigbo as a key stakeholder in managing the affairs within the Divisions core Area of Responsibility.

He said the “Nigerian Army is an instrument of the state to safeguard peace, security and to ensure economic activities” hence the need to partner all stakeholders to achieve its mandate.

General Lagbaja commended the leadership of the group for their recent pronouncement against the threat of using force in enforcing secessionists’ planned weekly sit at home order.

He assured the entire residents of the region of security and warns troublemakers against any breach of security.

He extended the hand of cooperation of the Division to the group in areas of security in the region.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo is a socio-cultural organisation designed to provide a platform where Ndigbo, within and outside Nigeria come together for the purpose of nurturing better understanding and harmonious relations amongst themselves and with other ethnic groups in Nigeria and beyond.

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Ohanaeze Denies Giving Any Press Release Regarding Re-arrest Of Nnamdi Kanu, Warn Mischief Makers |The Republican News

Ohanaeze President General, Prof. George Obiozor

Earlier yesterday after news of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu’s re-arrest and re-arraignment surfaced a very quick press release was made public by a faction of Ohanaeze praising the rearrest of Nnamdi Kanu.

The tone of the release was unlike Ohanaeze that is now made clear that such did not emanate from the desk of Ohanaeze President General but by some factional mischief maker.

The Ohanaeze press release reads as follows.

DISCLAIMER!!

The attention of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has been drawn to a publication currently circulating in the media suggesting that Ohanaeze Ndigbo has issued a statement regarding the alleged rearrest and re-arraingment of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB). 

Ordinarily, we would have ignored the said press release, but silence in this circumstance would mean giving validity to such fallacy by the unsuspecting public.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by Ambassador Professor George Obiozor has not issued any press statement on the matter. Ohanaeze Ndigbo as the apex Igbo cultural organization does not issue public statements in a hurry.
I hereby dissociate ourselves from the said press release and also warn those mischief makers, impostors and charlatans peddling the name of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to achieve selfish gains to desist from that shameful misadventure.

In the event of further breach of this warning Ohanaeze Ndigbo will be compelled to invoke the full weight of the law to deal with the offenders.


Chiedozie Alex. Ogbonnia
National Publicity Secretary, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide

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BREAKING NEWS: Ohanaeze Praises Arrest Of Nnamdi, Says Brings End To Violent Agitation |The Republican News

Apex-Igbo Organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has hailed the capture of fugitive IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

Ohanaeze in a statement made available to POLITICS NIGERIA on Tuesday afternoon, praised the arrest of Kanu adding that it has brought an ‘end to violent agitations’ in the country.

The statement read: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo calls for calm and cautioned Igbos to desist from any form of protests and processions that will bring more catastrophe for Southeastern Nigeria.”

“The re-arrest of Nnamdi Kanu the leader of IPOB is the beginning of the end of violent agitations in southeastern Nigeria and a lesson to others that,” deviation from the nonviolent agitations and wasting of the innocent blood of the Igbo youths contradicted what Igbos are known for, and self-determination should not be used for purposes of fortune and fame-seeking”.

“Nnamdi Kanu’s refusal to adhere to the advice of Igbo leaders, Elders, and Political leaders is the outcome of what had befallen him, he made a lot of enemies especially those that would have saved him and Federal Government will never lose grip on him again. We don’t think that any Igbo leader will stick out his/her neck for him, his re-arrest will eventually bring peace and stability to the region and averted another civil war that was raging on.”

“Federal Government should handle the situation carefully because his large followers of Ipob wouldn’t resort to violent revolts, his trial should be strictly based on the laws of the land, they shouldn’t kill him because it will destabilize the entire country.” (Politics Nigeria)

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Ohanaeze Furious About Alleged Random Massive Arrest Of Igbo Youths By Nigerian Army |The Republican News

■Wonders why military leaves AK-47 carrying Fulani herdsmen but arrest unarmed Igbo youths


By Anayo Okoli

OHANAEZE Ndigbo has raised alarm over the alleged massive arrest of Igbo youths by the Nigerian army and taken to unknown destinations.

Ohanaeze said the mass arrest is going on in Ohaji and Oguta Communities of Imo State by military personnel believed to be from 34 Artillery Brigade, Owerri.

The arrested youths were alleged to be members of Eastern Security Network, ESN, according to the apex Igbo group.

Ohanaeze wondered why the army were arresting Igbo youths who bear no arms and allow Fulani herdsmen to move around with AK 47 riffles.

They called on the Chief of army staff to immediately stop the mass arrests.

The Professor George Obiozor led Ohanaeze in a statement signed by its spokesman, Alex Ogbonnia said: “The attention of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has been drawn to ongoing massive arrests of Igbo youths by the Nigerian Army.

The report indicates that “the military personnel, suspected to be led by the 34 Artillery Brigade, Owerri since Sunday have been arresting male residents and youths, particularly in Oguta and Ohaji communities and clamping them into vans and taken to unknown destinations”.

“The report adds that the army are “busy, carrying out raids, discreet searches and arrests of youths and residents who are suspected to be linked to the Indigenous People of Biafra and its security arm, the Eastern Security Network”.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by Ambassador Prof. George Obiozor is unequivocal about the use of firearms by unauthorized persons, bodies or groups. Democracy, all over the world vests the absolute authority for the legitimate use of force in government. We had admonished that the exclusive indulgence of AK 47 to the Fulani herdsmen as canvassed by Governor Bala Mohammed is antithetical to the ethos of a decent society.

“For the armed forces to arrest the Igbo youths without evidence of arms, means of violence or crime is cowardly, uncivilized and mostly unacceptable to Ohanaeze Ndigbo. It runs contrary to every sense of natural justice and rights of citizenship for the army to invade some Igbo communities in search of youths; most of whom are brilliant university graduates whose society has denied employment and sense of belonging. This is adding salt to festering injury.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo does not just wax lyrical about Igbo youths of all categories or dispositions.

“We condemn crime irrespective of the source. On the other hand, we stand on a firm wicket that it is ruthless to arrest any Igbo in the guise of membership of a terrorist organization unless there is sufficient evidence of crime or unlawful possession of firearms.

“We call on the Chief of Army Staff, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru to urgently stop the wave of arrests before it gives impetus to the proposal by the United Kingdom Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to offer asylum to person who actively and openly supports IPOB and likely to be at risk of arrest or detention, and ill-treatment which is likely to amount to persecution”.

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New IGP: Buhari’s Nepotism, Injustice Responsible For Increasing Agitation —Ohanaeze |The Republican News

Muhammadu Buhari, Ag IGP Baba Alkali

By Jude Johnson

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, on Tuesday, condemned the appointment of a Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, as the Acting Inspector-General of Police.

The group said the injustice of the Federal Government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari was responsible for the growing agitations and insecurity in the South-East.

Ohanaeze National Publicity Secretary, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, stated this in an interview with The Punch.

Buhari appointed Baba, another northerner, as IGP despite pleas by Ohanaeze that the President considers a South-Easterner as the next police boss.

Baba is taking over from Mohammed Adamu, whose tenure Buhari extended for three months on February 4.

While reacting to his appointment, Ohanaeze said it was most unfortunate that the President has chosen to sideline the people of the South-East in his recent appointment of service chiefs and now in the appointment of an IGP.

Ogbonnia said, “It is unjust and unfair to sideline the South-East in the security architecture of the country. Injustice promotes insecurity; it promotes all forms of crisis and problems. With injustice, there is no peace anywhere.

“What is happening in the South-East today in the form of agitations is as a result of injustice. So, we the elders are put in a great dilemma because the younger generation is attacking us and we have been telling them to hold on, believing that the President would have a change of mind.

“We thought that the President would be concerned about the level of injustice, agitations and crises we have in the South-East and would try to ameliorate these things but unfortunately, he is not thinking towards that direction. It is most unfortunate and Ohanaeze will come up with a stronger statement.”

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Obiaraeri To Ohanaeze: Leave 2023 Presidency For Now, Build Consensus Among The Igbo First |The Republican News

Prof. Obiaraeri and Prof. Obiozor

On Sunday March 28, 2021, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide Elders Council met at the Imo State Government House to discuss pressing issues affecting Ndigbo. Although the gathering attracted big names including the WTO DG Ngozi Okojo-Iweala alongside some governors and the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, several strategic voices were inexplicably absent.

Law professor, politician, and member of the Board of the Nigerian Railway Corporation Nnamdi Obiaraeri joined Ukana Omon ‘TheKanon’ on The Agenda Monday morning on MyRadio 101.1 FM Owerri to bare his mind.

Excerpts…




OHANAEZE TOO ELITIST; GATHERING OF OPPRESSORS

TheKanon: Professor good morning and thank you for your time.

Prof. Obiaraeri: thank you very much my brother and thank you listeners.

TheKanon: I wonder if you were present at the meeting yesterday (Sunday March 28, 2021) and what you made of it.

Prof. Obiaraeri: I was not invited and I was not present. I should have been invited, I should have been present. This is part of the Igbo leadership disconnect and deficit. If a professor of law of my standing and exposure is not invited to talk about Igbo cause as well as other well-meaning Igbo leaders, then I’m beginning to question the intellectual plank of this discussion.

TheKanon: Ok, we are filing this away for another debate but let’s go to the crux of the matter; this resolution that oh yes Ndigbo shall produce or perhaps to tame the language, should produce, Nigeria’s next president. You have been an advocate of this, have you changed your position?

OUTCOME OF 2023 ELECTION WILL DETERMINE WHETHER NIGERIA REMAINS ONE

Prof Obiaraeri: There’s nothing that will make me change my position. A Nigerian president of Igbo extraction is a must do in 2023. It is the only natural, equitable, and fashionable thing to do if we are still one Nigeria.

Nigerians from all segments of the Nigerian society should elect the Nigerian president from Igbo race to bolster national peace, progress and development. I say this very strongly because the outcome of the 2023 presidential election will challenge the theory of indivisibility and indissolubility of the Nigerian state especially when it is tested against the immutable natural laws and principles clearly etched in section 14 of the 1999 constitution. And for the avoidance of doubt, let me reiterate that this section 14 of the 1999 constitution as amended provides very clearly that the federal republic of Nigeria shall be based on the principles of democracy and social justice. Accordingly the composition of government shall be carried out in such a manner as to reflect the federal character of Nigeria and the need to promote national unity and also to command national integration.

So, if Nigeria will continue to be one; if Nigeria is going to continue to be indivisible and indissoluble, the time to do equity, natural justice and associated good conscience issues is now against 2023 for the Igbo race. We are not visitors in this country, we are clear stakeholders.

Other tribes, other geopolitical zones have had very clear shots at the presidency, so irrespective of who is advocating for it, irrespective of the fact that they are not particularly the Professor George Obiozor-led Ohanaeze Ndigbo is beginning to be more of a gathering of oppressors than an all-inclusive Igbo group; I think that call is germane.

TheKanon: I hear the tone of what you are not saying, that this group which met yesterday perhaps excluding certain principal voices. Let’s hear it professor, what do you think is the way forward in terms of pursuing the unity that Governor Uzodinma is clamouring?

Prof. Obiaraeri: Well, I hate to think that the agitation is being weaved around the person of Governor Hope Uzodinma, a serving governor of a state, a close friend and the governor of my state. This is an agitation of over 10 million or 15 million Igbos including our friends from other parts of the country who believe in equity.



We must begin to remove certain political office holders from this agitation so that it doesn’t become partisan. Because I heard you in the first instance when you said that the call should be made that APC should be embraced, I don’t agree with that completely. I’m of the APC but I do not think that it will be wrong to have all other political parties come to Igbo land and take their candidates so that we can be sure that whether PDP, APC, APGA whatever other political party an Igbo man is having the ticket, that is the way to have it. But if they begin to make the agitation to appear that a section of Igbo elites who I’ve already termed oppressors, who do not recognize the intellectual class, are now beginning to push this agenda, then it is going to lend itself to big sabotage and I don’t pray that that happens.

TheKanon: I suspect that many would say well governor Uzodinma is within his rights to call for a bombardment of the APC by persons of Igbo extraction because the PDP’s committee on reconciliation or strategy r something headed by Governor Bala Mohammed came up with this report insinuating or even inferring that they are throwing open the bid for the 2023 presidency. So it’s not zoned to any particular geopolitical zone however germane their clamour, or ambition or reach for it might be. Some Igbo leaders said ‘well this is an open insult and a slap in the face of Ndigbo considering our steadfastness with the PDP since 1998’. Don’t you think ‘well let’s look towards the APC since they have been more friendly towards Ndigbo’ according to Governor Hope Uzodinma?

MANY ROADS LEAD TO THE BUSH BUT ONLY ONE WILL LEAD TO THE SHRINE

Prof. Obiaraeri: I don’t want to demarcate my party. I’ve told you very clearly, I’m of APC, I have clear sympathy for APC, but I think that is a very narrow way to pursue the legitimate aspiration of Nigerian president of Igbo extraction. There are many roads that lead into the bush but only one will lead into the shrine. So localizing it and making it an exclusive preserve of the APC is not right. I want to think that insinuations of the PDP are mere proposals as far as I know that’s what they are and you know that 24 hours is a lot of time in politics. When they see the agitation that it is coming from a united coercive Igbo race, every political party would begin to look towards the Igboland.

What should concern us and particularly Senator Hope Uzodinma the governor of the state is how to unify the Igbo race. That Ohanaze Ndigbo meeting that they held inside Government House. Is that where it is supposed to hold? Is that not an audio Ohanaeze meeting?

Why would we have an Ohanaeze that is going to government instead of government coming to Ohanaeze. Why is the Professor George Obiozor-led Ohanaeze being run in such a manner as to see it as an appendage of a few political players?

On the same day that this meeting held, there was also, I hope you know, there was also another meeting of factional Ohanaeze led by Chief Chidi Ibe. In Enugu there was also another group that call themselves South east Leaders Forum. So, if you have a meeting of Ohanaeze-Ndigbo and you exclude key players, those who should talk… on that same day there was an election, a bye-election in Abia State. So where was the Governor of Abia, where was the governor of Enugu, where was the governor of Anambra, where are all the senators, where are the key players? Can you really be talking of Ohanaeze Ndigbo when you don’t have the input of Senator Rochas Okorocha? Let’s not pretend about it? If you don’t have the input of Orji Uzor Kalu, if you don’t have the input of Senator Abaribe, and you don’t have the input of professor Obiaraeri into it? So it should be a mass movement as opposed to clique business.

So I think the whole idea of making it appear that some people are in the forefront will lead, I’ve warned again, will lead to sabotage. Because if people feel uncomfortable especially if it is something that should be of aggregate interest and a few others are localizing it. I have a lot of respect for professor Obiozor: he’s a respectable statesman, I share a lot of things in common with him; he’s a colleague professor. I’m of the same Ivy League background with him; we all have a Columbia University exposure, so he knows what goes into that kind of exposure and accomplishment. If he has a meeting and he wants to exclude me, why would I be the one to support him? I hope you understand; it’s reciprocal. He’s an intellectual; he understands the basis of intellectual planking in things like this.

So Ohanaeze should be made to be one that is talking about contemporary issues in Igboland, so that we can win the support of our people. Why are the bombings, the killings going on in Orlu, in Imo, in Abia, in Ebonyi, why are our people being killed in our home front? Is Ohanaeze speaking about it? Is Ohanaeze talking about the carnage, the loss of lives in our system? I think Ohanaeze should move away from this elitist tendency and come down and challenge the issues of now.

What has Ohanaeze led by Prof Obiozor done to bring Nnamdi Kalu into the picture or you think he is not important?

OHANAEZE NDIGBO SHOULD REACH OUT TO NNAMDI KANU, RALPH UWAZURUIKE AND OTHER AGITATORS

TheKanon: Can calls for secession and calls for the production of a president of Igbo extraction ever meet?

Prof. Obiaraeri: They can meet. That’s what I’m saying, there’s no need pretending about it. Governor Uzodinma, Governor Umahi, these are big time players, these are respectable Nigerian leaders, but they do not, with respect, trump the relevance of Nnamdi Kalu and Ralph Uwazuruike in the scheme of things now. You live in an Igbo area; you understand what I’m talking about. If they doubt it let them go on a popularity walk with Nnamdi kalu on the streets of Owerri and see who will get more respect and more followership. So the truth is, to tone down the level of agitation from these people. And how do you do it? You must carry them in and their sentiments because Ohanaeze means ‘Oha’ and ‘Eze’, Ohanaeze. It is not a matter of those who have protection, those who have access to government house meeting. It is not a government House meeting.

Ohanaeze should be found in primary schools, in secondary schools, in tertiary institutions. Go to Imo state university, go to Federal University of Technology Owerri, go to Abia, ask them do they know who the president of Ohanaeze is, they will tell you that there are two leaders of Ohanaeze. So, the issue of secession, is still part of the right to self-determination. It can be discussed; it can be discussed and agreed upon. What everybody is not agreeable, is that it should be by use of violence. So those who dismiss Nnamdi Kalu, Ralph Uwazuruike and those of us who have very clear opinion on this matter are themselves. Nigeria is on a brink of collapse. Anything that can be done to bring it together, beginning from the Igbo spread should be encouraged.

So this is no longer time to bring in Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the rest of them: these are respectable people but they have no bigger regard, they have no bigger respect than any other person on this matter. If Nnamdi Kalu declares Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala today a persona non-grata in Igboland, she will find it very difficult to operate. You know that much. Not because he may be right but because he has followership. And one man’s thug is another man’s supporter. One man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist. So we must balance this narrative and that’s why government must be careful the way they are running and pushing the people so that those of us who are intellectuals, who have open mind about this issue, should not be forced, by reason of non-inclusive politics, to join the other tendencies.

OBIOZOR SHOULD BUILD STREET CREDIBILITY, OHANAEZE SHOULD FORM CLUBS IN SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES, CHURCHES

TheKanon: Is it possible that we can invite people from every shade of opinion into a room?

Prof Obiaraeri: It is very possible. We are talking about autochthonous nature of leadership. The Igboman is predominantly democratic in nature. You don’t force or hoist leadership on an Igboman. It’s never done anywhere, so if the Ohanaeze that we are thinking about, the first thing is let professor Obiozor as respectable as he is reach out to the other faction, let them withdraw all the cases in court. Sort these things out in house, then come out with a blue print that will take the intelligentsia. You go to universities you form these group, you go to the polytechnic you form this group, you go to secondary school, you have this group, primary schools, churches, and the rest of them.

If you are having Ohanaeze and the big time church leaders or religious leaders of Igbo spread are not part of it, what Ohanaeze are you talking about? What Ohanaeze? What is professor Obiozor’s constituency in the first instance? If he goes into Ariaria Market can they recognize him? If they recognize him, will they listen to him? So these are the issues. At the end of the day, we use this mechanism to begin to speak as one voice forgetting about who will take the office. But the problem we have now is that people are placing the cart before the horse.

They are trying to say who will take the office as opposed to let us get this thing into the Igbo spread and let the Igbo man that has national appeal, that will be accepted and loved and supported by other Nigerians take this office and that is part of what is going on in Igbo land where people are taking a lot of rough measures to bring others down even though as I’ve always said power belongs to God. (TheKanon)

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Buhari’s Government Best For South East —Ohanaeze Chieftains | The Republican News

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has once more enjoined Ndigbo to embrace the governement of President Muhammadu Buhari as it is a sure bet for their national integration as a people.

He made this call when a high powered delegation of chieftains of Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly Worldwide paid him a visit at the State House Abuja yesterday.

In a Statement by Adesina,  the SA to the President said “they came to laud President Muhammadu Buhari for the good work he’s doing in the South East.”

“It was my pleasure to receive Barrister Basil Onuoha, Amb Obizoba Chiemelu, and Barrister Chimzobam Nnalue, who were unanimous that the South East never had it so good as under the Muhammadu Buhari administration, pointing to roads, bridges, and many other infrastructure works.”

The leader of the delegation, Barr. Basil Onuoha said that the president should continue to consider Igbos in his developmental initiatives.

“We identify with this government, as it is very fair to Igbos,” he submitted.

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Military vs ESN: Decentralise Power To Solve Nigeria’s Security Problems, Prof. Obiozor Tells Buhari |RN

By Chinonso Alozie, Owerri

The President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Professor George Obiozor, yesterday called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to restructure, renegotiate and decentralize power to solve Nigeria’s insecurity challenges.

Obiozor, spoke at the palace of the traditional ruler of Amaifeke in Orlu local government area of Imo state, Eze Emmanuel Okeke, as he came to ascertain the security situation in the area after the military/Eastern Security Network clashed.
The Ohanaeze PG, used the opportunity to declare the stand of the association that “We are glad there is peace in Orlu zone and that people are carrying out their normal duties. We appeal to the leaders of Orlu to maintain peace in Orlu, a zone traditionally known for being the most peaceful in Imo state.

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