The new President-General of the Igbo umbrella organization, Ohanaeze Nidigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, has said that no reasonable father would disown his child publicly because he misbehaved.
This is even as he charged Ndigbo to embrace his work plan of uniting the people for the enormous challenge ahead.
Nwodo told various segments of Igbo groups based in Abuja on Tuesday that the challenge before Ndigbo in today’s Nigeria is enormous and only a united and focused people can make a difference.
The President General who is on the first phase of his consultations with the people that would take him to Abuja and Lagos told Ndigbo to bury what differences they might have and unite to confront the common enemy.
In a statement he personally signed, Nwodo said, “The goodwill and enthusiasm of the people on his emergence would only be the catalyst that would fire his determination to serve the people diligently.”
On the IPOB and MASSOB, Chief Nwodo said, “No reasonable father would disown his child publicly because he misbehaved, pointing out that Nigerians should also ask themselves question regarding the circumstances that forced these youths to react the way they are doing.”
The President General said there are apparent double standards in the handling of protesters in Nigeria by security agencies and wondered if there are different laws for different people.
He explained that his leadership tend to harmonise both political and corporate Ndigbo leaders with a view to having a common front for the development of the regions.
Nwodo noted that the persistent marginalisation of Ndigbo in the country would be a thing of the past if the people take their destiny in their hands and take their God given entrepreneurial skill home.
Nwodo who was accompanied on the trip by some members of his executive committee was enthusiastically received by various segments of the people with dancing and singing.
Earlier on arrival in Abuja on Tuesday, he paid courtesy call on the Palace of Igbo 1, the Ezeigbo of Abuja Chief Nwosu Ibe, who prayed for him and charged him to restore the pride of Ndigbo.