Prof. George Obiozor, the new President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo has cautioned Nnamdi Kanu to understand that Igbo nation isn’t at war with anyone. The Igbo leader made this known during a World Press Conference at Ohaneze Ndigbo Secretariat in Enugu on Wednesday, 20th January, 2021.
He warned that Biafra Nation is beyond Nnamdi Kanu to decide alone and advised that all utterances and actions that put the Igbos in harms way must be avoided as Diplomacy is the best way to go.
In his words: “The Igbo Nation in Nigeria isn’t at war with Nigeria and has nothing pending before any institutional authority in Nigeria or diaspora that demands a separate existence from Nigeria.
” Nnamdi Kanu is one of us and he must listen to some of us for several reasons. The fact and realities are that the issues of Biafra are above and beyond his capacity to decide. He must listen because he’s one of us and we’re all in this dilemma together. And our mutual and collective responsibilities are sacred and must be respected.
“Consequently, all actions or utterances that put Ndigbo in present and imminent danger or harm’s way must be avoided.
The All Progressives Congress congratulated Nigeria’s former ambassador to the United States of America, Prof. George Obiozor, on his election as President-General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation.
The party’s congratulatory message was contained in a statement titled, ‘APC congratulates Obiozor on emergence as Ohanaeze Ndígbo President-General, by the National Secretary of the party, Senator John Akpan Udoedehe, in Abuja, on Sunday.
While congratulating the incoming President-General, the party also congratulated the outgoing leader of the group, Chief John Nwodo, and the executive committee he headed for its “mature and patriotic leadership.”
The statement read in part, “The APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee under the leadership of Governor Mai Mala Buni is determined to consolidate the ongoing efforts to further mainstream the South-East geo-political zone in the workings of the governing APC and place the zone in its deserved political standing in the country.”
However, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo General Assembly, which claims to be the only recognised Igbo socio-cultural organisation, has warned the newly elected Ohanaeze Ndigbo President General, Prof. George Obiozor, to confine himself to Imo State or risk arrest and prosecution.
The President-General of the group, Basil Onyeacholam, stated this in his reaction to Obiozor’s election in Owerri, Imo State on Sunday.
Describing Obiozor as president-general of Ohanaeze Ndi Imo, Onyeacholam said, “Whatever happened in Imo State today (Sunday) remained null and void.”
He said he (Onyeacholam) remained the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo recognised by law, the Federal Government and the international community.
Onyeacholam said, “Obiozor cannot function. Obiozor has been elected under an illegitimate platform and they were duly served of court processes before they embarked on the said kangaroo election.
“He should make sure he confines himself to Imo State and should not mention anywhere that he is the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. I still remain the President-General. I’m in charge. There is no vacancy in Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership.”
The President, Muhammadu Buhari has congratulates the new President-General of Ohanaeze, Professor George Obiozor.
Obiozor, a former Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Israel and Cyprus, became leader of the Igbo socio-cultural group after an election which held at Dan Anyim Stadium in Owerri, the Imo state capital, on Sunday.
Reacting to the news, Buhari urged the eminent diplomat and scholar to deploy his immense experience within and outside government to forge greater unity of the country.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
Buhari said, “Given Prof. Obiozor’s rich background, especially, in international affairs and pan-Nigerian commitment, I have little doubt that his election is well-deserved and will serve not only the interest of Ndigbo, but also that of his fatherland.”
“We need all hands to be on deck for this country to move forward in peace and unity,” he added.
Wishing Obiozor a successful tenure, Buhari enjoined him to be a “unifying force beyond his immediate constituency.”
The former Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Israel and Cyprus, Prof. George Obiozor has been today elected the new President General of Ohanaeze.
He is a man many would describe as a colossus and a man who has done marvellously well as an academia and an eminent diplomat. Obiozor hails from Awo-Omamma in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo state
Ohanaeze is the apex socio-cultural organisation of the Igbo and seen as the most formidable force that binds the Igbo of South East and South South together.
Though some have recently challenged the relevance of Ohanaeze to the Igbo people in the face of attacks on the people from Fulani herdsmen. The organisation still remains the only umbrella that holds the Igbo and a very potent force when they choose a direction and a line of action on any issue.
The election which took place today at Dan Anyiam stadium in Owerri was not without controversy because some opponents have accused the Imo state governor and South East governors of hijacking the electoral process and shifting the election venue from the usual place in Enugu to Owerri.
There have also been rumours of breakaway faction, which earlier yesterday touted one Chief Ibeh as the new President General of Ohanaeze, when the main election has not even taken place.
Professor George Achilike Obiozor from Awo-Omamma in Oru East LGA in Imo state has been today elected as the new President General of Ohanaeze
Three main candidates that participated in the election got the following number of votes while others stepped down for Prof. Obiozor. Dr.S Uju Okoro….3 votes Dr Val Oparaocha…15 votes Amb Prof G.A. Obiozor …304 votes
Amb Prof George Achilike Obiozor was therefore declared the elected President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo gburugburu for the next 4 years.
Reno Omokri the former Special Media Aide to the immediate past President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has blasted the Yoruba for not standing up for Omoyele Sowore while he is in need.
He said that the bail conditions for Sowore is nowhere near that of Nnamdi Kanu but the Igbo rallied round and bailed him out, which shows the old-aged Igbo traditional communal spirit.
Read his statements below.
“Despite the stringent bail conditions set for Nnamdi Kanu, Igbos wasted no time fulfilling it. Sowore’s bail terms are nowhere near as tough as Nnamdi Kanu’s, yet no one has stood for him.
“Yet, while he was in detention and court, many people were talking tough in his defence. It just tells you a lot about Igbo communal spirit as compared to other ethnic nationalities.
“If Sowore was Igbo, he would have been out of jail by now. An Igbo Senator, Enyinnaya Abaribe, risked jail, put his Senatorial office on the line, to stand as surety for Kanu.
“Are you trying to tell me that none of Sowore’s kinsmen have ordinary ₦50 million? I am yet to see a people who love themselves like the Igbo.
“In America, believe it or not, Igbo unions give new comers loans to set up their own businesses. I have seen news stories of destitute Nigerians abroad who need assistance. That can never happen to an Igbo. Other Igbos in that community will rally round and rehabilitate him or her. Let us all learn that self love from Ndi’Igbo and Nigeria will be better for it.”
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Former Military Head of State Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) has urged Igbos to always allow their positive impacts be felt amongst host ethnic communities in the country and work towards promoting the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria.
Babangida made the declaration when he granted audience to the Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) from the 19 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, led by IDA President Chief Chikezie Okezie and the Eze Igbo of Minna, Eze Pampas Ngozi Wahiwe.
Nigerians, including Igbos, the former Head of State said, should ensure they uphold the ideals of the country’s Independence founding fathers, adding that,
“an indivisible Nigeria is very necessary and we must do everything possible to remain as one family though we differ in tribes and tongue.”
Babangida appreciated the Igbos for being very enterprising and determined to succeed by expanding into all parts of the country for business exploits, as he urged the community to use the same spirit of enterprise to promote peaceful co-existence among Nigerians in all that they do, especially their host communities.
The former leader, who said he once wished to spend part of his life in the eastern part of the country, reminded every Nigerian that,
“the indivisibility of the country is non-negotiable and this we must all promote at all times.”
“You have done well to keep Nigeria together,” Babangida who expressed appreciation to the delegation, said, adding that the Igbo are known for traveling far and wide exploring new frontiers and business opportunities.
The delegation had earlier told the retired General that the purpose of the visit was to congratulate him on his 78th Birthday, praying that God continues to grant him strength and wisdom to offer advice that would help Nigeria in solving its teething problems.
The Eze Igbo of Minna, Pampas Wahiwe, and IDA President were unanimous in their resolve that, “as an elder statesman, Ibrahim Babangida’s wise counsel is very much needed at this point in our national life.”
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Some Igbo groups have demanded the expulsion and arrest of the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, for allegedly holding clandestine meeting against President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The group also claimed that he lacked the vision to move the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation forward.
The groups, comprising Igbo Unity Union, Nsukka Diaspora Forum UK, Igbo Bu Igbo Association, France Chapter, Congress of Ebonyi State Women and Igbo National Youths, also accused Nwodo of fleeing the country to Europe to evade arrest.
They spoke on Saturday during a solidarity visit to the Secretary-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Uche Okwukwu, in Enugu.
Led by Odum Nwachukwu, Dr Ugwuoke, Maduka Igwe, Dr Chioma Ndioma and Mr Ani Robert, the groups lauded what they termed Okwukwu’s vision, which according to them, didn’t make Ndigbo put their eggs in one basket during the last general elections.
The groups stated, “We note that Igbo would have committed a political suicide had Ohanaeze secretary general not taken a more informed position which nobody can fault and which would make Igbo to have a stake in the Buhari government contrary to false perception.
“We jointly demand the immediate arrest of Nwodo, who fled Nigeria recently in an attempt to evade prosecution and we know he is currently seeking cover in Europe. We call on security agents to pick him up because of the clandestine meeting he’s holding with those fighting Buhari government.”
When contacted for his reaction, Nwodo asked our correspondent to send him a text message which he had yet responded to as of 9pm on Saturday. (Punch)
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Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has said that the Igbo had failed woefully in politics.
The outgoing governor gave two reasons to back his claim.
Okorocha said this while briefing reporters at the government House in Owerri on Monday.
He noted that one of the reasons was that the Igbo people failed to accept the light coming to them.
He also said that the Igbo did not appreciate the person who came to assist them.
Okorocha further described what is delaying his certificate of return as “the game of politics,” adding that he was confident that the certificate as Senator-elect for Imo West, would be given to him.
Okorocha also challenged civil servants in the state, to open up whether his government was owing them.
On the Imo West senatorial election, he added, “elections have come and gone and we are dealing with the outcome.
“For the Imo West senatorial election, somebody said that he declared the result under duress. The truth is that the gentleman was employed to do a hatchet job and he could not do that.
“The drama is that he had another option he wanted to declare it in Owerri, at first he said there was no result and at a point he entered the toilet and suddenly he saw the results sheets and shouted who dropped this result here. What it means is that there is a game.
“I think that the INEC, should do the needful. We are in court and I think that we don’t need much procedure to do the right thing.”
Okorocha added, “After that declaration, Imo PDP, went to town with the allegation that I have withdrew N17 billion. It is not possible.
“I have said this time without number, and I gave banks in Nigeria, seven days ultimatum to come and tell the world If I have borrowed from the banks any money not only that, I am not owing any worker in Imo state, I also challenged them in seven days to come out and say the truth.
“I am happy to bow out of government but I want to appeal that there should be peace in the land. There should be tolerance in the land. I here that they are counting my property, they should also go to Abuja, and count the ones in Abuja.
“Igbo have failed politically for two reasons, not to accept the light that has come to them and also not to appreciate the leaders that have come to help them.”
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How does one identify an enemy of a race? An enemy of a race is such that fosters harmful designs against, or engages in antagonistic activities against another contemporary cultural race. In answering the above question, it is important to critically examine the threatening harmful variables, which includes religion, targeted mission and cultural activities, that are capable of inflicting injuries to the existence of a particular race.
Firstly, let’s consider the attributes of Ndigbo in Nigeria of today. The Igbo people have an ancestral homelands and merchandise engagements that expose them to leave their respective state of origin to creating of various business centers in various cities, towns, villages and settlements in Nigeria.
Although,the Ndigbo outside their ancestral homelands are mostly practicing Christians and they are traditionally endowed in alignments with the Oodua culture and heritage spirituality.
Whereas, foreign Fulani herdsmen had no particular ancestral homelands in Nigeria. The Fulani herdsmen are operating under an umbrella organisation, recognised as Miyetti Allah. The memberships of the Miyetti Allah Group are the full-blooded descendants of the Islamic Jihadist warlords that invaded the ancient territory of Hausa Kingdom in around year 1804.
The Jihadist then successfully subsumed and subjugated the entire Hausa race under the Islamic /Sharia injunction and authority. The Miyetti Allah Group used the herdsmen, who are their ancestral foot soldiers or militias to penetrates any targeted races, tribes or communities to realize their ancestral hegemonic agenda.
Unfortunately, the British colonialists that invaded the southern indigenous lands to destroyed most great kingdoms/dynasties that are flourishing then, in which Oodua race was the center attraction ….. worked out a devilish political arrangement with the Jihadist before they left. The insistence, the Fulani Jihadist maintained an hegemonic network of coverage, otherwise known as 1st Republic Grazing Routes for their militias herdsmen. It was revealed that various unreasonable attitudes and political schemings led to the brutal action from the 5 Majors, who are mostly Ndigbo officers, on the 15th January, 1966 coup in Nigeria.
Undoubtedly, the summary of the main objectives of the 5 Majors were to change the direction of Nigeria from the vicious leadership that suddenly landed to the hands of the Jihadists and the release of Chief Obafemi Awolowo from prison custody to take over as the Nation’s leader for a new direction.
Again, in what appeared to be a replay of 1966 coup was the failed 1990 coup of Young Military Revolutionary Officers, who are mostly Middle-beltan and Southern officers, headed by late Major Gideon Okar. The coup announcement was directed at the elimination of 3 states considered to be the base of authority of the Jihadists within the Nigeria system.
Where are we today, since Nigeria now have a core Fulani President and his Cabal in charge of the Federal Republic of Nigeria? Since 2015, that a core Fulani man assumed the Federal Authority, the ever known federal character system that was conspicuously entrenched inside the obviously crude constitution was abandoned. To the extent that all the Security Agencies are currently headed by Fulani men.
It is no more news about the mass influx and invasions of foreign Fulani Herders into Nigeria since 2015. The horrific displays of the open hegemonic missions over the indigenous Middle-beltans and Southerners call for deep reflections by any reasonable indigenous leader.
This is so, as the Fulani Herdsmen has continuously and successfully attacked several communities to the extent that the indigenous people have to abandoned their ancestral homelands to remain inside as Internally Displaced Camps (IDP-camps). While in a very pathetic and irritating scenarios, some of the attacked (now abandoned) community lands are now becomes the settlement areas for these Fulani invaders. And to the embarrassing note of renaming those attacked communities with Fulani FUFULDI language as the new identity…… as the original owners of the lands continue to stay inside various IDP camps.
Whereas our Fulani led Federal Government Presidency remain mute over these obvious sacrilegious hegemonic intentions. The same national security neglects which openly happened in Benue, Plateau, Zamfara, Taraba, Kaduna etc States. Barely one week that President Muhammadu Buhari was declared winner for additional four-year term , no one can estimate the number of indigenous natives killed again in the quest for the foreign Fulani settlements… on cattle ranches /colonies being sponsored by Miyetti Allah Group.
Presently, all the entire Oodua forests are no more safe in the hands of these same foreign Fulani herdsmen, who could be considered as the advance party to the about to come main Fulani groups. This is what I think the Yoruba political leaders ought to flex their muzzle over, because if care is not taken quickly, Oodua culture and heritage value may be going into extinction!
Comparably, there are cries all over the other ends of most Ndigbo homesteads within most Igbo States in the forefront of these same foreign Fulani Herdsmen. The Ndigbo are seriously grouping to see the realization of their Independence State of Biafra as the only option to avoid the impending Fulani cruel intentions over their land.
Coincidentally, some knowledgeable Oodua people too, are sounding for the actualization of ODUDUWA Republic, as solution to their advancement and progress.
Regrettably, the Middle-beltan traditional heritage honours are almost gone the way Hausa race are subjugated to Islamic authority. By analysing the continuous genocides committed/perpetrating by the foreign Fulani militias over the indigenous natives.
Meanwhile, there have been series of Military Operation Python Dances moving everywhere within the cities and towns in the Southern Nigeria. One quick need to reason deeply while, any of the Military Python Dances refused to enter inside either Oodua or Ndigbo forests to dance with those foreign Fulani militias who come out at will to kill, rape, kidnap, rob etc since all these years.
Seemingly, who is really the enemy in this context? Is it Ndigbo that is enemy to Oodua race or is it Oodua race tha this the enemy to the Igbo land?
It is conceivably possible to believe that Ndigbo can never achieve their long struggle of independence without collaboration with Yoruba race. So also, it is imperative to note that Oodua heritage preservation will remain a dream without the support of the same Igbo people. The Middle-beltans may not likely get the relief necessary without the cooperation of both Yoruba and the Igbo people. Why then do the Igbo and Yoruba need to be at each others throats everytime? Serious understanding is urgently needed to move the two nations forward.
Arise my Oodua and Ndigbo people, let’s come together for a common front for the benefit of the coming generations! We can simply do it together, it is a give and take strategies………
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