Igbo leaders restate commitment to Nigeria's restructuring

By Tony Edike on 24/03/2019

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Prof ABC Nwosu
Prof ABC Nwosu

*Hail Ohanaeze leader for selfless leadership 

A delegation of Igbo leaders met with the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo in Enugu at the weekend declaring their determination to accomplish their desire for the  restructuring of the  Nigerian nation. 

The delegation applauded the Ohanaeze leader for his "enlightened, focused and selfless leadership of Ndigbo in the trying period before and during the last elections."

The delegation which was led by High Chief Senator Ben Obi included former governors Achike Udenwa and Okwesilieze Nwodo, Senator Azu Agboti, first Chairman Niger Delta Developmetn Commision, NDDC, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu and former Ministers, Chief Dubem Onyia and Professor ABC Nwosu.

Speaking with newsmen after the meeting, Prof .Nwosu, said the delegation visited the Ohanaeze leader to thank him "for standing firm on the priority Igbo position for the restructuring of  Nigeria based on greater devolution of power and resources from the centre to the federating units and praised him for ignoring saboteurs of Igbo cause because he has been vindicated by the massive Igbo votes along the direction that Ohanaeze had endorsed."

The delegation also pledged their personal unflinching support and loyalty for the President General and Ohanaeze Ndigbo to ensure that the task of restructuring Nigeria for the benefit of all citizens was accomplished.

Nwosu said: "The delegation was proud that the principled stand of Ndigbo on restructuring was galvanized by Ohanaeze  Ndigbo under the very capable leadership of the President General and this resulted in the massive turnout of Ndigbo at the last general elections not only in the South East but throughout Nigeria, and vowed to assist the President General to ensure that Nigeria shall continue to feel the weight of Igbo votes until restructuring is accomplished, and those who continued to ignore Igbo votes in Nigeria do so at their risk.

"The delegation pleaded with the President General to ignore the activities by a few Ndigbo to sabotage the collective Igbo view since the Igbo votes strongly endorsed his position, but frowned seriously on the sell-out of Ohanaeze Ndigbo by the Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and urged that he should be strongly sanctioned.

"The Igbo leaders reiterated that the task of restructuring Nigeria into a nation that works for all its citizens and not just for only a section of its citizens, remains the top priority agenda of Ndigbo in Nigeria, and as the Igbo adage says, “the jaws do not rest until what is being chewed is finished,” the President General must ensure that this burning desire of Ndigbo for the restructuring of Nigeria continues to remain in the front burner of Nigerian politics."

The task for Ndigbo now, according to the leaders, is to design the post general election agenda to maintain Igbo solidarity such that the Igbo post election agenda is not distracted by those lobbying for positions in government and those positioning to be President in 2023.

"The Igbo wisdom of struggling for where to sleep before fighting for the mat to sleep on should guide our post election strategy," he added. 

The former Miinister futher said that the delegation was exceedingly proud of Ndigbo for how they voted at the last elections where ministers and prominent Igbo APC members found that the community is always bigger than the individual and it must be humbling for them to have lost at their polling booths.

"The icing on the cake for Ndigbo was the election of Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha of Imo State which clearly showed that Ndigbo are resolved to start redressing the wrongs of the last few years from inside Igboland.

"It was clear that Ndigbo are not afraid and will not be afraid in Nigeria whether in Owerri, Lagos, Kano, Abuja, Aba, Enugu, Warri or Asaba to express their full citizenship rights and their dissatisfaction with the way they are being treated politically in Nigeria.  The post election thinking of every onye Igbo must be Igbo renaissance in a Nigeria that works.

"It is important that government must focus on restructuring and the task of nation building where all citizens of Nigeria are equal before the law and have equal opportunities to employment and other economic activities. Those who think that they can be senior and junior Nigerians must be told firmly that they are hallucinating," Nwosu stated. 

Posted 24/03/2019 3:55 PM


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