FLASH | Nigeria Indivisible – Ohaneze, Igbo Elders

by on July 15, 2016
Igbo apex socio-cultural group, the Ohanaeze Ndig­bo and prominent elders from the South East zone have declared that no group or individual can breakup Nigeria.
They said that the region remains an integral part of Ni­geria and cautioned groups threatening to divide the coun­try to stop their unpatriotic acts.
The leaders called on Igbo sons and daughters who have investments in other parts of the country to replicate same in the zone to create employment and develop the South East.
After a meeting in Ower­ri, the Imo State capital, tagged “Igbo Unity Forum,” at the Imo International Convention Cen­tre (IICC), the Igbo leaders not­ed that Ndigbo has what it takes to solve their own problems.
The President-General of Ohanaeze, Gary Enwo Igariw­ey, in his speech, described the meeting as crucial to the re­building of the South East.
He said: “We should come together and solve our prob­lems. We are known for our resilience and industry. Thirty percent of investments in Lagos and Abuja are owned by Ndig­bo but after now we are calling on our people to think home and build another Abuja in Ig­boland.
“We should invest at home to create jobs for our people. So today is a special day because we have decided as a people to close ranks and proffer solu­tions to our problems”, he said.
The guest speaker, Prof. Anya O. Anya, called for the re-orientation of Ndigbo, stressing that, “the solutions to our prob­lems can only be found within. We are the only ones that can solve our own problems.”
He added that, “We are preparing to rebuild Igboland to meet with the Nigeria of the 21st Century. We have gathered because the time is critical so that we can chart a new course for our people. There has never been a time we are faced with the barrage of problems like now, so we need to find solu­tions to our problems.”
Anya called on Igbo to have a paradigm shift in their quest for the development of their area, and begin to build bridges with other ethnic nationalities.
According to him, there is need for Igbo people to build bridges with other ethnic na­tionalities such as the Ijaw, the Middle Belt, the Yoruba, the people of the North East, North West among others.
Anya explained that the present socio-economic reali­ties showed that many families are currently passing through hard times, noting that Ndig­bo should put their strength to­gether for the challenges to be surmounted.
Anya, who spoke on “Re­discovering Ndigbo in the New Nigeria,” said that Igbo were among the early settlers in Ni­geria and as such has several unique qualities like the Jews and Chinese which make peo­ple to envy them.
Former Chief of General Staff, Navy Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe, urged the Igbo to for­get the past and look forward.
“We should forget about the past, there is nothing to regret about and we cannot be intim­idated by anyone.”
Former Governor of Anam­bra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo, who chaired the occasion, com­mended the efforts of Governor Rochas Okorocha over the Uni­ty Forum Initiative, adding that the move was very apt.
Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, urged Igbo people to be united as the nation was passing through difficulties.
Governor Rochas Okoro­cha said that the meeting was to bring Igbo under one um­brella again, adding that if the strength of Ndigbo is well har­nessed, they have the potential to drive development in the en­tire country.
Dr .Pascal Dozie said Igbo has the resources to make a dif­ference, noting that with the right political will, a roadmap should be developed to chart a new course.

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